Five need-to-know facts about nuclear power
Think you know the facts about nuclear power? Not sure? Here's the low-down on the key issues.
Some people argue nuclear power is a solution to climate change. Here are 5 facts that show it's a gamble we don't need to take.
Fact 1: We don't need more nuclear reactors
- The Government's own model shows we can keep the lights on and tackle climate change without nuclear.
- A major independent study shows we can produce 100% of the energy we need from renewable sources.
Fact 2: Nuclear energy is expensive
- Lots of subsidies
Billions of pounds have been poured into nuclear power.
- Hidden costs
For storing toxic waste and closing down old power plants.
- Very hidden costs
In 2010 the tax payer was left with a £4bn bill to shut down old plants.
What we are effectively paying for here is decades of cheap nuclear electricity for which we have suddenly got a massive post-dated bill.
Fact 3: Nuclear takes cash from better alternatives
- Every £1 spent on nuclear energy is an opportunity lost for safer, cleaner energy from sources like the sun and the waves.
Fact 4: Nuclear energy is dirty
- Radioactive waste stays dangerous for tens of thousands of years.
- It's not emissions free: mining, transporting and processing uranium uses a lot of energy.
Fact 5: No nuclear power plant can be 100% safe
- 1,767 safety breaches
At British nuclear plants between 2001 and 2008.
- Vulnerable to terrorism
A plane hitting Sellafield could be 40 times worse than the Chernobyl disaster.
Did you know?
If spent fuel rods had been buried around the time of the Norman Conquest 1,000 years ago, they would still be highly dangerous today.
Nuclear energy is a gamble we don't need to take. Find out about the real solutions.