9 April 2014
Michael Hodges, newly elected Chair of South East Dorset Green Party, has endorsed statements made by party leaders this week, ahead of a demonstration to be held by anti-nuclear campaigners at Hinckley Point on Thursday.
Dr Molly Scott Cato is the lead Green Party European candidate in the South West for the European Elections to be held on 22nd May, and the Party’s speaker on finance. She has accused the government of providing a ‘back door’ subsidy to EDF, the company planning to build Hinkley C, which would be the UK’s largest nuclear power station. She said:
“The government seems determined to play a game of ‘when is a subsidy not a subsidy’ over Hinkley C. Agreeing to pay a price for electricity that is twice the current market price is effectively a subsidy by the back door to the tune of £17.6bn over the lifetime of the deal. There are other subsidies too such as government underwriting the costs of insurance and paying for the huge cost of waste disposal. These subsidies distort competition and unfairly disadvantage potential competitors in the solar, wind and tidal power industries.”
Caroline Lucas, MP for Brighton Pavilion, said:
“At a time when the costs of renewable energy are rapidly falling, it’s reckless for the Government to subsidise the nuclear industry. There also remain serious safety concerns about nuclear and no safe, reliable way to deal with the toxic waste it creates. Instead of locking Britain into this costly and risky technology, the Government should be investing seriously in energy efficiency and renewables. As a region already leading the country in renewable energy generation, the government must abandon its nuclear programme and demonstrate clear and unequivocal support for renewable energy technologies in the South West.”