Politicians Greenwash Nuclear Ahead of the Paris Climate Conference

Beyond Nuclear girl in front of nuclear reactors

Below is a letter sent by a supporter of Radiation Free Lakeland to MPs:

Sent: ‎19/‎11/‎2015 18:43

To: rebecca.pow.mp@parliament.uk; lisa.nandy.mp@parliament.uk;

caroline.lucas.mp@parliament.uk; Tim Farron MP

Subject: Paris Climate Change Conference Debate, House of Commons today and

Radioactive spikes from nuclear plants – a likely cause of childhood leukemia

-The Ecologist

Dear Rebecca Pow MP,

I was concerned and disappointed by your misleading comments in the Paris Climate Change Conference debate in Parliament today. Electricity generation by nuclear power is not clean nor low carbon when the full nuclear fuel cycle is taken into consideration.

I have raised the following research by Dr Ian Fairlie, published in The Ecologist (link below) with Minister Amber Rudd MP and the NuGen consultation on the proposed new nuclear reactors to be built on the green belt buffer zone and flood plain next to Sellafield and which is of concern to many.

Both NuGen and the Minister have carefully avoided any recognition of Dr Fairlie’s work – he is an independent nuclear consultant and former member of the UK National Radiological Protection Board.


A previous director of public health in Cumbria said the level of disease and disability in Cumbria was far too high for the size of the population. This suggests the toxins and radioactivity from the nuclear industries, both civilian and military, may be having a negative impact. In view of Dr Fairlie’s research and a previous public lecture in Keswick when he explained the tendency of nuclear reactor operators to renew nuclear fuel rods in adverse weather conditions to disperse the toxic and radioactive emissions, we are just as much in danger from the reactors at Heysham and Hinkley given a strong southerly gale as from dirty Sellafield here in Cumbria.

I would urge you to look at Dr Fairlie’s research and to really consider the nuclear fuel cycle in its entirety before simply accepting the disinformation being promoted by the nuclear industry and the DECC.

Yours sincerely

Simon (name supplied)


2 thoughts on “Politicians Greenwash Nuclear Ahead of the Paris Climate Conference

  1. Again the lies about “7% of energy” “clean” “low carbon” !! this is pretty nasty stuff that MPs are routinely trotting out with – the likes of George Monbiot and Mark Lynas have a lot to answer for

    Rebecca Pow Conservative, Taunton Deane
    I thank my hon. Friend for that valuable intervention. While we are talking about the best kinds of energy that we should use, it is of course important to mention nuclear energy, which is another crucial part of our clean energy strategy. I mention it in particular because Hinkley C is on my doorstep and it will have a massive knock-on effect on Taunton Deane. It is the first new nuclear power station that we have built for 20 years. This is low carbon energy, and it will provide 7% of our energy requirements and keep the lights on for 6 million homes. It is so important as the baseload of non-fossil fuel energy. http://www.theyworkforyou.com/debates/?id=2015-11-19a.856.0

  2. Elfed Jones

    Lies, damn,lies and statistics? It simple, as Mr Naoto Kan, P . M. Of Japan at the time of the Fukushima disater. ( who doesn’t sleep to soundly at night ) said, Nuclear is NOT compatible with life on this planet. ! That means Mooreside Hinckley or Wylfa B. In my beloved Wales.

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