[ RadSafe ] UK: Renewables a better option than nuclear power: but nuclear is needed for maintaining nuclear weapons

Delvan Neville dnevill at gmail.com
Sat Dec 30 20:08:11 CST 2017

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On Sat, Dec 30, 2017 at 6:01 AM Roger Helbig <rwhelbig at gmail.com> wrote:

> Another false claim by the anti-nuclear power campaigners.
>  https://climatenewsnetwork.net/cheap-renewables-undercut-nuclear-power/
> Roger Helbig
> UK: Renewables a better option than nuclear power: but nuclear is
> needed for maintaining nuclear weapons
> by Christina MacPherson
> Cheap renewables undercut nuclear power,  The technology advances and
> plunging costs of cheap renewables make base load nuclear power
> redundant. Climate News Network, by Paul Brown, LONDON, 29 December,
> 2017 ".........Completion doubts
> Even the former UK energy secretary Sir Edward Davey, who signed off
> on the Hinkley Point deal, said “the economics have clearly gone
> away.” He doubted that the building would ever be completed, he told
> Greenpeace in an interview.
> All the other UK nuclear projects are still at various stages of
> planning, and how any of them will be paid for is yet to be worked
> out. It is already clear that none can be financed without government
> subsidy.
> An important political development in 2017 was that for the first time
> both the US and the UK admitted that their support for the nuclear
> industry is linked to the need to maintain their military capability
> in nuclear submarines and personnel. This is key, because both powers
> have previously claimed that there is no link between civil and
> military nuclear industries.
> Even before their admission it was already clear that the big
> economies which have no nuclear weapons, like Germany, can see no
> point in having a civil nuclear industry.
> Export drive
> That does not stop smaller countries, some without any nuclear power
> stations at all at present, signing agreements with the Russian
> state-owned company Rosatom. In what many see as a Russian policy to
> extend its international influence, Rosatom already says it is
> building reactors in Belarus, China, India, Bangladesh, Hungary,
> Turkey, Finland and Iran, and is seeking to expand, with tenders in
> for 23 other reactors abroad.
> These include Sudan, where the current president is wanted for war
> crimes. Whether all the plans will come to fruition remains doubtful.
> https://climatenewsnetwork.net/cheap-renewables-undercut-nuclear-power/
> Christina MacPherson | December 30, 2017 at 9:11 am | Categories:
> politics, politics international, UK | URL: https://wp.me/phgse-yOP
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