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Ministers 'misled MPs over need for nuclear power stations'

 
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PostPosted: Tue Jan 31, 2012 11:10 pm    Post subject: Ministers 'misled MPs over need for nuclear power stations' Reply with quote

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Ministers misled parliament over the need to build a new fleet of nuclear power stations, distorting evidence and presenting to MPs a false summary of the analysis they had commissioned, a group of MPs and experts alleged in a report published on Tuesday.

If MPs had been presented with an accurate picture of the evidence for and against new reactors, the government's plans might have been challenged, according to the report. Both the previous Labour government and the current coalition overstated the evidence that new nuclear power was needed, it also alleged.

http://www.guardian.co.uk/environment/2012/jan/31/ministers-misled-nuclear-power-stations?
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PostPosted: Tue Jan 31, 2012 11:15 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

A Corrution of Governance?


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Executive Summary
In Chapter 1 we show that, on the basis of the Government’s own evidence, we do not need any more new nuclear power stations in order to ‘keep the lights on’ and reduce CO2 emissions by 80% by 2050.
In Chapter 2 we show that, on the basis of the Government’s own evidence, electricity generated by nuclear power is the not the least expensive of all low-carbon technologies. In everyday terms, the building of new nuclear power stations to provide electricity is likely to mean higher fuel bills.
In Chapter 3 we try to assess what has gone on. Why the seemingly inexplicable decisions documented in Chapters 1 and 2 (i.e. the decisions in favour of new nuclear power stations that are not needed) were taken by successive Governments.
And let us state at the outset: we are neither blaming, nor questioning the integrity of Ministers, MPs and Parliament as a whole. They acted sincerely on the basis of the evidence that they were shown, and on the basis of that information took their decisions. But the information given to them was false.
What has gone on is nothing less than a corruption of governance.
This corruption of governance can only be rectified if Parliament re-opens this debate, and MPs vote on this issue having seen the correct information.


http://www.ukace.org/publications/ACE%20Campaigns%20(2012-01)%20-%20Corruption%20of%20Governance%20-%20Jan%202012
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PostPosted: Wed Feb 01, 2012 3:45 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Sounds like the Civil Servants have been got at by lobbyists.
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And let us state at the outset: we are neither blaming, nor questioning the integrity of Ministers, MPs and Parliament as a whole. They acted sincerely on the basis of the evidence that they were shown, and on the basis of that information took their decisions. But the information given to them was false.

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PostPosted: Wed Feb 01, 2012 4:19 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Now that they know they'd been misled, can they turn things 'round? I mean, none of those proposed nuclear power stations have been built yet, or even fully designed. I think all they've done do far is look at some designs and strip a site for a workhouse for building-workers at (?) Hinkley, surely that's peanuts compared to the eventual build cost.
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PostPosted: Thu Feb 02, 2012 1:24 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

RenewableCandy wrote:
.........surely that's peanuts compared to the eventual build cost.


Depends what the last government agreed to on cancellation costs. If it's anything like the aircraft carriers it will be cheaper to build them. Unfortunately, you can't sell on a nuclear power station abroad!
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PostPosted: Thu Feb 02, 2012 10:28 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

kenneal - lagger wrote:
RenewableCandy wrote:
.........surely that's peanuts compared to the eventual build cost.


Depends what the last government agreed to on cancellation costs. If it's anything like the aircraft carriers it will be cheaper to build them. Unfortunately, you can't sell on a nuclear power station abroad!


You could always sell the power (it might be quite popular for other countries: all of the power and none of the clean up costs),


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PostPosted: Thu Feb 02, 2012 9:17 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

kenneal - lagger wrote:
RenewableCandy wrote:
.........surely that's peanuts compared to the eventual build cost.


Depends what the last government agreed to on cancellation costs. If it's anything like the aircraft carriers it will be cheaper to build them. Unfortunately, you can't sell on a nuclear power station abroad!
D'you think, then, that they could get them to build it and pay them, but without putting anything radioactive in at all? That way, they'd be white elephants just like they are now, but with much lower clean-up costs Smile
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PostPosted: Thu Feb 02, 2012 11:52 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

That's one way to build art galleries.
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PostPosted: Fri Feb 03, 2012 4:06 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Very Happy

At least Battersea was used for a few decades before being mothballed.
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PostPosted: Fri Feb 03, 2012 7:51 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

kenneal - lagger wrote:
Unfortunately, you can't sell on a nuclear power station abroad!


Why not? They have already sold the water companies, the airports, quite a bit of the existing electrical generation, the train manufacturers, the Inland revenue buildings............ A nuclear power station should present no problem.
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