December 16, 2010
Hinkley protesters hit out at government's 'broken cash pledge'
coalition government has this week torn up its pledge of giving no subsidies to
nuclear power by unveiling a series of measures aimed
at financially supporting the construction of new nuclear power
stations like Hinkley Point C near Burnham-On-Sea, according to
the Stop Hinkley protesters.
They say this week's announcement regarding 'electricity market reform' by Energy
Secretary Chris Huhne includes a range of mechanisms aimed at
making low carbon sources of electricity more economic in comparison
to polluting fossil fuels like coal and gas.
Stop Hinkley spokesman Crispin Aubrey told Burnham-On-Sea.com:
"Private companies like EDF have already said that they cant
build nuclear power stations like Hinkley C without additional
"These new measures are aimed at helping them make a profit
from a technology that carries massive future liabilities, including
dealing with dangerous radioactive waste at Hinkley for up to
160 years. Everyone in Somerset will be helping to pay for this
He added: "The new proposals will increase electricity bills
by as much as £500 a year according to one estimate to help
pay for projects like Hinkley C."
The changes to the electricity market proposed today still have
to be agreed by parliament and squared with European legislation.
Pictured top and above are protesters outside Hinkley
Point during a recent protest - pic from Paul Glendell