Letter from a Stop Hinkley member to Wells Journal
November 15th 2005
Nuclear the answer to the energy crisis? No thanks!
Angela Brennan bases her article about the most efficient way to solve the carbon emissions problem on a survey carried out in the South West by the EDF, guilelessly omitting to point out that EDF = Electricite de France, a totally nuclear utility which has already gained more than a toehold in the electricity supply in this country and is obviously thirsting for more.
Even EDF's CEO Vincent de Rivaz cannot gainsay the results of the survey - that roughly three quarters of the population are pro-wind power, slightly more in the case of off-shore wind farms, and only half believe that nuclear power should be retained; even less are in favour of new-build on existing nuclear power sites.
No mention is made of the comparative costs of the two sources of power, or of the inefficiencies and dangers of keeping these leaking, crumbling power stations, long past their sell-by date, in action. Nor was any reference made to the fact that the terrorist suspects rounded up in Australia were after their one nuclear power station. What a choice of targets they would have in the Severn Estuary - plus the slow-moving targets of the battered old ships carrying MOX fuel crawling unprotected round our coasts on their way to and from the continent.
And what conclusions did the Wise Men on the Planning Committee considering the application to site a wind farm alongside Hinkley Power Station come to? They turned it down because:
Would you rather have a radioactive bat in your belfry?
Yours, Liz Ounstead