|LABOUR IMPERSONATING TORIES YET AGAIN – WAKE UP SOUTH WALES, THEY WILL BETRAY YOU AT EVERY TURN
Labour is happy to promote the economically extortionate, environmentally insane option of nuclear power.
£14 Billion on a 30 years of baseload only electricity.
If renewables received such investment and subsidy we could forget nuclear and extreme fossil fuels like fracked gas FOREVER!
New Hinkley Point C will be built by the French company EDF. It is a mere 15 miles from Cardiff and 25 miles from Bridgend – in a straight line – half way between Weston-Super-Mare and Minehead (about 100 mins away by car over the French owned Severn Bridge!!)
Pick out the pitfalls, myths and deceits in these MP press statements:
Mar 19, 2013 3:05 PM
By Theo Usherwood and Elizabeth Barrett, Press Association Political Staff
Labour today welcomed the Government’s decision to give the go-ahead for the first of a planned new generation of nuclear power plants in the UK.
[Lib Dem] Energy Secretary Ed Davey said the proposed 3,260 megawatt nuclear power station at Hinkley Point in Somerset would be built by French company EDF.
The decision also means EDF will be allowed to build rail and road networks to support the power station, as well as issue compulsory purchase orders on land needed for the project.
The news is a boost to the nuclear industry following a series of setbacks in plans to construct a new generation of reactors in the UK, which ministers say are needed to cut carbon and keep the lights on.
Shadow energy secretary Caroline Flint said she welcomed the decision.
She said: “Today’s announcement is an important milestone in the development of new nuclear build in the UK. There is no doubt about that.
“On behalf of the Opposition, I am pleased to welcome it and reiterate our support for nuclear power alongside an expansion of renewable energy and investment in carbon capture and storage as part of a clean, secure and affordable energy supply for the future.”
In his statement to the House of Commons, Mr Davey said the project would play an important role in ensuring a diverse supply of energy in the UK.
He said: “Affordable new nuclear will play a critical role and secure a diverse electricity supply for Britain and make a significant contribution to the transition to the low-carbon economy needed to tackle climate change.
“Therefore, this decision on planning aspects on the first new nuclear power station in a generation represents an important milestone in that process to decarbonise our electricity supply and economy.”
Mr Davey said the project would create a workforce of up to 5,600 during construction, and contract opportunities in the supply chain.
There would also be a new by-pass road as well as a community package to compensate to people living in the area, he said.
Mr Davey told MPs: “I also recognise that as these works are carried out, those who live in the area may have their daily lives disrupted one way or another.
“This disruption is in my view outweighed in the final analysis by the benefits the project will bring – chief among these is the very significant contribution it will make to the achievement of energy and climate change policy objectives.”
The new plant’s two nuclear reactors would be capable of producing 7% of the UK’s electricity, enough to power five million homes, EDF has said. It is thought the costs of the new power station would run to around £14 billion.
A final investment decision by EDF to go ahead with construction still depends on the deal being negotiated with the Government on the “strike” price paid for electricity generated by the plant.
Under electricity market reforms, low-carbon power such as nuclear reactors and offshore wind farms will have long-term contracts with a guaranteed price for their electricity, to give investors certainty to invest in projects with high capital costs.
Mr Davey said discussions on the strike price were ongoing, but he expected them to be concluded shortly.
Conservative Ian Liddell-Grainger (Bridgwater and West Somerset) declared it a “very good day for Britain” and a “phenomenally good day” for his constituency.
The decision, he said, meant the UK could “kick-start the civil nuclear programme”.
He said: “The innovation, the jobs and the input that we’re getting from across the industry is staggering.”
Mr Davey responded: “He is right that there will be some pain for some local members of the community during what will be a long construction phase, but I hope they and he feels that the recommendations of the panel and the decisions I’ve taken in addition to those will try to mitigate that as much as possible.”
Labour’s Paul Flynn (Newport West) raised concerns about the long-term costs to taxpayers of the project.
He said: “Does the minister agree with himself as the Lib Dem spokesman when he said that nuclear power is only possible with a vast – his word – taxpayer subsidy or a rigged market?
“Does he agree with himself as a supporter of the Coalition Agreement that said there would be no subsidy on nuclear power?
“Can he now deny the claims that the strike price, originally £50 per megawatt-hour (MWh), is now being negotiated at £97 and the view that what we will be doing is giving a subsidy in the short term of £30 billion to a near-bankrupt French company that could turn out to be £150 billion in 35 years?”
Mr Davey said his concerns on nuclear power had related to price, acknowledging that the history of nuclear power showed it “has turned out to be expensive”.
He said: “That’s why this coalition Government and indeed the previous Labour government have gone about this third-generation nuclear power station in a very different way from the past, to make sure that the consumer, business and taxpayer are protected.”
The figures quoted, he added, “I just simply do not recognise.”
Tory former defence secretary Dr Liam Fox (North Somerset) said: “I congratulate the Government in finally getting the civil nuclear programme moving after too long a period of paralysis in this country, it is vital for our energy security and our low carbon generation.”
But he raised the issue of transmission from Hinkley through 450 kV cables, as opposed to the current 132, saying it would require electricity pylons more than twice the height of current ones.
He said: “Where is the overall green gain if we get green generation but the transmission results in a blight on our environment in some of prettiest parts of the country?”
Mr Davey replied he previously undertook to look into this issue during a meeting with Dr Fox.
Lib Dem Martin Horwood (Cheltenham) also raised the issue of costs and asked for confirmation that the planning decision did not actually represent a decision to go ahead with Hinkley C.
He said: “In which respect it pales into insignificance beside the strike price negotiation, which if he’ll accept my figures as hypothetical, but if the maths add up, at £97 megawatt-hour (MWh) for 35 years, would guarantee an uncompetitive French nationalised energy company nearly £90 billion over time from British bill payers.”
Mr Davey said the decision today was purely about planning, but he said he did not recognise the figures.
Former Tory DECC minister Charles Hendry (Wealden) said: “Can I say how delighted I am that the Secretary of State as a Liberal Democrat has now consented more new nuclear capacity than any minister I think since Tony Benn.”
He paid tribute to officials in helping to bring a “nuclear renaissance in the UK one big step closer”.
Green MP Dr Caroline Lucas (Brighton, Pavilion) warned of the potential repercussions on energy prices.
She said: “There are much faster, cheaper, more affordable ways of tackling climate change than nuclear.”
She added: “The only two nuclear power stations under construction in Europe today are billions of pounds over budget and delayed by an ever increasing number of years.
“Italy, Switzerland, Belgium, Holland, Spain, Germany, Sweden, Denmark are all rejecting new nuclear, even France is aiming to reduce its reliance by 25%.
“What do all of these countries know that we don’t and why is he locking consumers in the UK into artificially high energy prices for years to come to the benefit of the French government and not to the UK taxpayer?”
Mr Davey said when it came to tackling climate change the country needed “every form of low carbon generation possible”, adding: “The risk is so great, the challenge is so great, I think it is wrong for people who are worried about climate change to turn their back on this issue.”
Around the world he argued there were many countries who were looking again at new nuclear.
He said: “That is why we in our approach to these negotiations and our whole approach to the new nuclear programme are being extremely careful, learning the lessons of the past, learning the lessons from other countries so we do not repeat those mistakes.”