China nuclear deal is a distraction
Responding to George Osborne’s announcement today (Thursday 17 October 2013) that China will be investing in nuclear power in the UK, Friends of the Earth Director of Policy and Campaigns Craig Bennett said:
“Make no mistake, this is a bad deal for taxpayers - the Government has chosen to give enormous long-term hand outs to Chinese and French companies when they could be developing a world class renewable industry in the UK.
“The reality is that nuclear power takes decades to build, but climate change and energy challenges are upon us now - this focus on nuclear distracts from more urgent priorities such as delivering energy efficiency to households who are suffering rocketing energy bills due to the rising price of gas.
“The Government must listen to investors who are calling for a 2030 electricity decarbonisation target in the Energy Bill and focus on the measures to deliver it.”
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