C approval: Protesters angry over 'undemocratic' decision
campaigners say this week's Government decision to grant planning
permission for EDF's Hinkley C project is no surprise - but leaves
"serious questions" hanging over the project.
Simon from the Stop Hinkley Campaign said: "I don't think
anyone in West Somerset believed that the public consultation
last year was anything more than an elaborate, undemocratic sham,
and that in itself is a political scandal."
"This week's decision is a rubber-stamping exercise, but
it doesn't change the facts on the ground. EDF don't know what
they will do with the radioactive waste Hinkley C would produce,
they don't have the investment they need since Centrica have pulled
out, and they have threatened to walk away unless the Government
underwrite their costs and fix the nuclear electricity price artificially
high for consumers."
"No other business in this country would get planning permission
without a waste management plan, and this industry produces the
most hazardous waste known to humankind."
Cameron promised there would be no new nuclear without a solution
to the waste issue, but Ed Davey has granted EDF permission regardless.
Cameron also promised there would be no public subsidy, but now
his government is negotiating precisely that, and apparently willing
to lock us all into paying double the original price quoted for
nuclear, for the next 35 years!"
Theo added: "If the billions the government are prepared
to commit to keeping EDF in profit were spent on creating jobs
in renewables, energy efficiency and home insulation, we could
cut our energy bills and create thousands of sustainable jobs."
wind is now set to deliver power cheaper than nuclear by 2020,
when the government say we will have the "energy gap"
that justifies new nuclear. But with the best will in the world,
Hinkley C could not now start generating till the mid 20s. EDF's
other new reactors in Europe are now many years over schedule
and many billions over budget."
"It's becoming apparent to everyone but the government that
the nuclear emperor has no clothes. It makes no sense financially,
environmentally or in terms of our energy needs. It's time to
put it out of it's misery and save the government any further
embarrassment. We need clean green 21st century solutions to 21st
century problems, not a toxic white elephant only kept alive by
government bailouts and inflated electricity bills."