Sunday, 17 April 2011

No to Nuclear

The memories of the chernobyl nuclear power power plant disaster are recalled as the nuclear catastrophe at Fukushima in Japan unfolds.

It is the 25th anniversary of Chernobyl disaster on 26th April 2011. The radioactive fallout from a fire in a reactor drifted over large areas of the Soviet Union and Europe. Over 4,000 people died and 336,000 people had to be resettled.

This year, we can learn from what has happened at Fukushima. Concerns about risk of accidents at British nuclear power stations have increased due to their coastal locations which make them vulnerable to flooding, tidal surges, and extreme weather.

Now, in the interests of public safety, we should halt the development of new nuclear power stations and  stop the extension of the operating life of Scotland's existing plants. We must invest in ways of meeting our energy demand that don't risk disaster, waste money, cause pollution, add to radioactive waste and create more targets for terrorists.

The opportunities for sustainable, safe, reliable energy sources are here. Scotland could be self-sufficient in renewable electricity and lead the way for the rest of the world by 2020.

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