Renewables vs Nuclear

(Letter to the South Wales Evening Post)

Gordon Trigg’s concern for the taxpayer (‘It’s us who’ll pay the price’, Have Your Say, Tuesday 8 November) is touching.

However, if he were to apply the same analysis to his favoured option of nuclear power he would find that the cost of subsidising wind power pales into insignificance alongside the costs involved in supporting the nuclear industry.  In this case the money will benefit a French company (EDF) rather than German – the Germans having taken the sensible decision to phase out nuclear power.

If just 10% of the money used to subsidise nuclear power had been devoted to research and development of renewables, the UK would now be a world leader in renwable energy technology rather than trailing in the wake of our European neighbours.

With just this small amount of money we could stimulate a growth industry and create tens of thousands of jobs across the UK.   Pound for pound, investment in renewables would create 15 times more jobs than nuclear, and four times more jobs than other conventional methods of electricity generation.

That looks like a good investment to me.


Keith M Ross, Swansea Green Party









One response to this post.

  1. Letter appeared unedited in today’s Evening Post.


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