Monday, 24 March 2008

EFFICIENCY AND SAFE ENERGY FOR KENT, NOT NUCLEAR

KENT PRESS RELEASE – FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE – Monday 24th March 2008 - 27 Audley Avenue, Tonbridge, Kent TN9 1XF - www.kentgreenparty.org 0845 257 4236 – 01732 355185 – Mobile: 07747 036192
KENT NEEDS EFFICIENCY AND SAFE ENERGY NOT NUCLEAR
NUCLEAR AXIS TO BE CONFIRMED THURSDAY 27th March
Prime Minister Gordon Brown and French President Nicholas Sarkozy meet at the Arsenal stadium on Thursday to emphasise their love affair with nuclear power. It would be far more beneficial for Kent if energy efficiency and renewable energy were emphasised instead. Steve Dawe, who wrote Kent Green Party’s submission to the Government Nuclear Review last year (1), comments:
“Nuclear is more expensive than any other form of energy when all of its costs are taken into account. As the Committee on Radioactive Waste Management has indicated, no effective solution to the storage of nuclear waste has ever been found. There is ample evidence that uranium is becoming expensive and scarce. At present rates of consumption, very little uranium will be left by 2026. This means new nuclear power stations built in the next decade do not have a guaranteed fuel supply(2). The costs of nuclear will also be passed on to consumers.
“Kent Green Party advocate that people switch to energy suppliers which provide electricity from renewable sources. Better insulation for homes and businesses in Kent could reduce energy use by 30% and perhaps up to 50% over time, creating sustainable jobs in every district. Solar water heating and solar panels will pay for themselves much more quickly after the 15% price rises in most energy bills this winter. Like other renewable energy installations, solar technologies have the potential to create employment throughout Kent.”
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FURTHER INFORMATION: Steve Dawe on 01732 355185 or mobile 07747 036192. Contact address as above.


Notes:
See submission at www.kentgreenparty.org under Resources.
European Renewable Energy Council & Greenpeace – Energy revolution, January 2007, p.47.

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