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A Corruption of Governance? The case for new nuclear...

Published by Sam Page on 08 February 2012

This new report from ACE and Unlock Democracy exposes the circumstances in which MPs and Parliament were given incorrect information upon which to make their decisions on national energy policy, specifically in relation to new nuclear power. 

The report outlines 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. It goes on to show that, on the basis of the Government’s own evidence, electricity generated by nuclear power is the not the least expensive of all lowcarbon technologies. In everyday terms, the building of new nuclear power stations to provide electricity is likely to mean higher fuel bills.

Finally the report attempts to assess what has gone on. Why the seemingly inexplicable decisions documented (i.e. the decisions in favour of new nuclear power stations that are not needed) were taken by successive Governments. 

The report concludes that 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. 

You can read the full report here...