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Scotland’s First Minister Nicola Sturgeon has hit back at the UK Government’s plans for new nuclear power plants

NICOLA Sturgeon has hit back at the UK Government’s plans for new
nuclear power plants after The National revealed the Tories were
considering building one in Scotland.

The First Minister said “nobody’s ever yet worked out what to do with the waste” generated by atomic power and said it was “expensive” compared with renewables. It comes after
The National revealed the Tories’ new energy strategy – which said no
new nuclear plants would be built in Scotland – contradicted current UK
Government policy which officials confirmed was still exploring the
possibility of a new site [for a Fusion reactor] in Ayrshire.

Speaking at the launch of the SNP’s Glasgow manifesto launch on Saturday, the First
Minister told reporters: “We don’t support new nuclear. “It is an
expensive form of energy compared to many renewable resources and,
increasingly, wind energy and nobody’s ever yet worked out what to do
with the waste from nuclear energy. “Scotland has vast renewable
potential – we see that in offshore wind. I think one of the missed
opportunities – for entirely political reasons – in the UK
Government’s was around onshore wind, failing to increase generation from
onshore wind.

“But we’ve also got vast offshore wind resources which we
see in the recent ScotWind auction round, so that’s where we should be
focusing. “From the perspective of securing energy, independence and
security but also cheaper energy bills in the longer-term renewables is
where we need to put our efforts and – pardon the pun – our energies
over the period ahead.” The National 9th April 2022https://www.thenational.scot/news/20057654.nicola-sturgeon-hits-back-scottish-nuclear-site-deliberations/

April 11, 2022 - Posted by | politics, UK

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