The Cumbria Local Enterprise Partnership is consulting on its Clean Energy Strategy. It’s important for everyone in Cumbria concerned to protect our planet to take a look at this and respond. It closes on June 22nd 2022
Here’s the introduction to the response from W Cumbria & N Lakes Friends of the Earth.
‘Nuclear energy is not clean energy. Nuclear is the third highest carbon emitter after coal-fired and natural gas electricity generators. Life cycle emissions are 66 grams of carbon dioxide for every kilowatt-hour compared with 9 grams per kilowatt-hour for wind and 32 grams per kilowatt-hour for solar. “Valuing the greenhouse gas emissions from nuclear power”: A critical survey: Benjamin K. Sovacool Energy Policy 36 (2008) 2940– 2953 Summarised at https://journalistsresource.org/environment/nuclear-power-greenhouse-gases/
Furthermore, nuclear waste is the longest lasting waste we have created on this planet, and there is still no tested and operational GDF in the world. The NDA often describes its activities at Sellafield as ‘clean-up’: why is clean-up needed when they are, according to this strategy, clean in the first place?
The idea that a strategy embracing nuclear is a secure investment is contradicted by all the facts familiar with nuclear projects: failures of investment; high risk due to out-of-control accidents such as Chernobyl & Fukushima; enormous cost and time overruns. There is nothing in this strategy to indicate how these existing realities will be dealt with other than vague words of support by government.’
Here is the consultation:https://wh1.snapsurveys.com/s.asp?k=165391843491
And here is the strategy: https://www.thecumbrialep.co.uk/resources/uploads/files/220530_CumbriaCoast_FINAL.pdf