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UK at the heart of EU! Selling out renewable energy

Jill Evans MEP questions the EU's support for nuclear power

Satisfied with the European Commission's response to Fukushima, the European parliament petitions committee closed four petitions which raised concerns about the safety of nuclear power stations. However, Plaid Cymru's group in the parliament (Greens/EFA) has raised serious doubts about the Commission’s “stress tests”. An independent study highlighted their failure to assess the risks of accidents. For example, they do not evaluate the risks of fire, human failure or an aeroplane crash.

Far from moving away from nuclear technologies, the EU is embracing them further. In the 2012 budget, over a billion pounds will be spent on a controversial nuclear fusion research project (ITER). This money would be better spent on developing technology we know will work – renewable energy. Wales has huge potential for creating green jobs. But renewables get a fraction of the public funding given to nuclear and fossil fuels. Until the EU translates its expressed commitment to renewable energy into action this will not change.

People Against Wylfa B (PAWB) and its allies are campaigning hard to stop a new nuclear power station being built in Anglesey:www.stop-wylfa.org/wp

Jill Evans is the Plaid Cymru MEP for Wales.

Topics: Green | Energy


Many say that green

Many say that green technologies like hybrid cars and small wind turbines might seem like a good idea, but they are very costly. Solar panels, or photovoltaic cells, are expensive. According to Solar Power Authority, a website devoted to solar power news and research, a solar panel system capable of generating about 8 kilowatts could cost more than $70,000 for the panels and installation, before any tax or energy company subsidies. A solar panel system that costs $18,000 would take 20 years to pay it off through savings. Source: Renewable Energy