Green MEP for the South West, Molly Scott Cato, has called for an urgent review of energy policy in the wake of today’s announcement that four aging nuclear reactors are to have their lives extended. She says this is more evidence that EDF’s plans for a new nuclear power station at Hinkley may be either abandoned or further delayed, creating a serious energy gap for the government. Molly said:
“We know what Plan B looks like and we know it will create thousands more skilled and sustainable jobs than aging nuclear reactors or nuclear new build ever can. Plan B is a full scale commitment to a range of renewable energy technologies and efficiency savings and the investments that can bring this about.
“It is time for Osborne to end his ideological obsession with nuclear and stop kow-towing to the Chinese to lever in cash for the City. Renewables can provide 100% of our energy needs in the South West, a transformation that could create 122,000 jobs across the region and add over £4bn a year to the regional economy.”