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Nuclear Gets Nod Over Wind Turbines

The Government's long-awaited energy review will open the way to an estimated six new nuclear power stations by 2020. Power from "renewable sources" such as wind, solar and tidal will increase from the current four per cent to nearer 20 per cent. But the review will dismiss green hopes of a mini-wind generator on every house in the UK.

PLANS to put a wind turbine on every roof will be dismissed today as ministers give the go-ahead for a new generation of nuclear power stations.

The Government's long-awaited energy review will open the way to an estimated six new nuclear power stations by 2020.

Power from "renewable sources" such as wind, solar and tidal will increase from the current four per cent to nearer 20 per cent.

But the review will dismiss green hopes of a mini-wind generator on every house in the UK.

Speaking before the review, Trade Secretary Alistair Darling said it was "just not practicable".

He said mini-turbines on 16 million buildings could not be achieved in the foreseeable future.

A poll yesterday showed huge public opposition to the nuclear option. Almost 90 per cent of people rejected it while 98 per cent backed more investment in renewable energy.

Greenpeace's Stephen Tindale: "Polls show that most people oppose nuclear power, even as a last resort. The Prime Minister seems to be the only one interested in it as a first option."

Friends of the Earth director Tony Juniper said: "The world is already a... more [truncated due to possible copyright]  

PLANS to put a wind turbine on every roof will be dismissed today as ministers give the go-ahead for a new generation of nuclear power stations.

The Government's long-awaited energy review will open the way to an estimated six new nuclear power stations by 2020.

Power from "renewable sources" such as wind, solar and tidal will increase from the current four per cent to nearer 20 per cent.

But the review will dismiss green hopes of a mini-wind generator on every house in the UK.

Speaking before the review, Trade Secretary Alistair Darling said it was "just not practicable".

He said mini-turbines on 16 million buildings could not be achieved in the foreseeable future.

A poll yesterday showed huge public opposition to the nuclear option. Almost 90 per cent of people rejected it while 98 per cent backed more investment in renewable energy.

Greenpeace's Stephen Tindale: "Polls show that most people oppose nuclear power, even as a last resort. The Prime Minister seems to be the only one interested in it as a first option."

Friends of the Earth director Tony Juniper said: "The world is already a dangerous place.

"Encouraging other countries to build nuclear power stations will make it even more so."

But businesses said nuclear power was needed to drive down power costs.

Miles Templeman of the Institute of Directors said: "Rising energy costs are causing real concern.

"British bosses are fully committed to a diverse approach to energy as they are strongly supportive of the need for an expansion of both nuclear and renewable sources."

Two thirds of IoD members wanted an expansion of nuclear capacity, with 84 per cent wanting more renewable energy sources


 


Source: http://www.mirror.co.uk/new...

JUL 11 2006
https://www.windaction.org/posts/3444-nuclear-gets-nod-over-wind-turbines
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