THE TRUE FACTS ABOUT NUCLEAR POWER
Why it is: Unaffordable - Dangerous - Unnecessary - Bad For The Environment
Huge tax payer and bill payer subsidies will be needed. Nuclear Power generation is ridiculously expensive. So why on earth....?
Terrorism, accidents, low level radiation emissions, flooding, leaks, security of supply - there are so many reasons why nuclear power is too dangerous to contemplate.
Nuclear Power is too expensive. Renewable energy sources can come on line much sooner. And then there's the link with nuclear weapons...
The dreadful legacy for future generations.
A Quick Read on the radioactive water in Fukushima – What makes it different? It is not appropriate to compare nuclear wastewater of normally operating nuclear plants in general and the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear wastewater, soon to be discharged into the seas off Japan, say Greenpeace scientists. Not "news" as such (the article dates from 2021) but essential reading to understand that the Japanese nuclear authorities are lying about the safety of the on-going and proposed release of stored reactor-contaminated water. Greenpeace article.
Back in 2016, Hinkley Point C in Somerset was meant to cost £18bn; the latest estimate, according to EDF, is up to £35bn in equivalent terms and more like £46bn in today’s money. And completion date likely to be 2031, admits French company, putting UK government's plans for nuclear expansion (see article below) in doubt, as China backs out of new Sizewell plant. Guardian, Jan 23 2023. “I would have bet at the time that we would see the costs we have today. And I think they’ll climb higher too,” says a former EDF executive. Another says the deal was based on political strategy rather than a commercial rationale. Guardian, Jan 27 2024
Latest news confirms what STAND has been saying for decades - that nuclear weapons are the only logical reason for continuing with nuclear power, as the UK government now admits the close link. Read the full evidence here: The Guardian, 19 Jan 2024
"Nuclear just doesn’t add up, and the future is renewable" says Doug Parr, Greenpeace UK’s chief scientist, as Government announces biggest expansion of Nuclear Power in decades. Guardian, Jan 11 2023.
The Small Modular Reactor (SMR) programme announced by the Government will not only fail but will divert resources from tried and tested renewables. We have created a whole new section on the viability of SMR’s
On the 7th April 2020, Boris Johnson announced that Nuclear Power - something that most people thought had died a quiet death - was going to be an important element in acheiving a secure electricity supply, meeting the country's energy needs in the future and acheiving climate change agreement CO2 levels. This has been recently confirmed by Risi Sunak's Government.
While we believe that this target of 25% electricty generated by nuclear power is probably disingenous - just a quick and unaccountable way of magicing future carbon reduction targets out of thin air - we nevertheless feel it important that the British public are made aware of why such a policy is dangerous and unachievable and will hold back the development of renewable energy sources and storage.
That is why the STAND website has been revived and brought up to date, to make sure the British public are fully aware of the real facts behind nuclear power. However, the majority of our earlier research is still valid and can be seen on our Archives page and makes fascinating - and at times mind boggling - reading.
In this age of dis-information and social media trolling we believe it is important to provide only evidence based material, which is why we provide our reference sources wherever we can, and why we encourage any one who believes that we have got something factually wrong to let us know.