The dangers of nuclear power

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Sheffield Green Party extends its sympathy to those affected by the earthquake and tsunami and the risk of further suffering as events unfold at the Fukushima nuclear power plant. The Japanese crisis reminds the world of just how dangerous is nuclear power.

Sheffield Green Party extends its sympathy to those affected by the earthquake and tsunami and the risk of further suffering as events unfold at the Fukushima nuclear power plant. The Japanese crisis reminds the world of just how dangerous is nuclear power.

We are against nuclear. It drains resources from the pressing need to invest in far more effective and affordable solutions to our energy problems.

We can never guard nuclear power stations against the power of nature, terrorist attacks or human error. The problem of storing radioactive waste has not been solved. Accidents cannot be insured against. Weapons grade nuclear waste goes missing. Nuclear power is not carbon emission free.

We need a large cut in greenhouse gas emissions now, waiting 10 to 15 years to build new nuclear power stations will be too late.

The government programme to build more nuclear power stations should stop. It is ill-conceived, expensive and diverts resources from the urgent need for massive investment in energy efficiency and renewables. Approximately half the climate change budget is spent on nuclear decommissioning. The nuclear industry can only function because of massive public subsidy.

Bernard Little, Green Party