Stop Hinkley and Forum 21 Press release

Climate Change - is nuclear power the answer?

People in West Somerset will have a chance to hear and discuss how climate change can be averted and whether a third nuclear power station at Hinkley Point will be needed.

Bridget Woodman, a Fellow at Warwick University Business School and acknowledged energy expert, formerly a national campaigner with Greenpeace, will give a talk outlining the various options open to the Government's Energy Review, which include continuing to promote renewable energy and energy conservation and also the nuclear option.

The 2003 Energy Review left nuclear on hold as it was considered too expensive and did not have public approval. Since then Prime Minister Tony Blair has ordered a new review owing to renewed concerns about climate-change and energy security. Lorna Scott, of Forum 21, says, "We need to act now on climate change, but nuclear is certainly not the only or the best option".

If nuclear is given the go-ahead, Hinkley Point is earmarked as the first of existing sites around the country where a new nuclear power station will be built. Jim Duffy, Stop Hinkley spokesman said: "It's a controversial issue. This will give local people one way to be better informed or express their views."

The meeting will be held at the Methodist meeting room, Harbour Rd, Watchet on Monday 6th March at 7.30pm.

The public can also write in to the Government consultation at:
Energy Review Team, DTI, 1, Victoria St, London WSW1H 0ET

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