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The latest instalment in George Osborne’s personally-authored potboiler, the Hinkley Point F***** (think ‘Fiasco’!) will be published sometime around October 20th to mark the visit of Chinese President Xi Jinping.
By Jonathon Porritt
Jonathon Porritt's blog, 15th October 2015
Prime Minister David Cameron and Chancellor George Osborne have made it clear that they wish to build a new fleet of nuclear power stations and further to exploit the gas reserves locked up in the UK’s shale deposits.
By Professor Peter Strachan, et al
OilVoice, 15th October 2015
The UK government is punishing renewable energy for its success in generating 25% of the country’s electricity, writes Stuart Parkinson. But there’s no austerity when it comes to the bloated military-nuclear industrial sector, no matter how egregious its failures or extreme its cost overruns. Our future prosperity is being sacrificed – and its costing taxpayers billions.
By Dr Stuart Parkinson
The Ecologist, 15th October 2015
The chancellor of the exchequer, George Osborne, has recently been waving huge wads of cash at different (but similarly delinquent) parts of UK nuclear policy.
By Dr Philip Johnstone and Prof Andy Stirling
The Conversation, 14th October 2015
Are low levels of nuclear radiation good for you? Or merely harmless, as many nuclear advocates want you to think? Sadly not, writes Ian Fairlie. A huge new study finds ‘strong evidence’ of a dose-response relationship between cumulative, external, chronic, low-dose, exposures to radiation, and incidence of leukemia.
By Dr Ian Fairlie
The Ecologist, 9th October 2015
George Osborne needs to stop pushing 20th-century fuels as the solution for 21st-century energy problems.
By Jeremy Leggett
The Guardian, 6th October 2015
To explain their desperation to commit an estimated £76 billion of public money to the Hinkley C nuclear project, writes Paul Dorfman, the Treasury and its Chancellor, George Osborne, claim there are other benefits that justify this vast expenditure. So what exactly are they? And do the claims survive critical examination?
By Dr Paul Dorfman
The Ecologist, 6th October 2015
Just as George Osborne is hoping to get China to invest billions in EDF’s Hinkley C nuclear plant in Somerset, news from EDF’s Flamanville nuclear site threatens to sink the project. French regulators are to demand another lengthy round of tests on its flawed reactor vessel. And if Flamanville isn’t working by 2020, £17 billion of UK finance guarantees for Hinkley C will collapse.
By Oliver Tickell
The Ecologist, 2nd October 2015
There are two rules about the end costs of nuclear power, writes Ian Fairlie. It’s far more than you ever knew. And whatever sum of money was ever set aside, it’s nowhere near enough. Germany understands this. That’s why it refused to let E.ON spin off its nuclear liabilities into a hands-off company. But the UK, it seems, has lost the ability to learn from its nuclear mistakes.
By Dr Ian Fairlie
The Ecologist, 1st October 2015