Mail to the readers: Labor changes tone on nuclear

Hinkley Point C nuclear power station under construction

If passed, it will transfer billions of pounds to consumers, fail to protect them from soaring costs and push millions more into fuel poverty.

Sixteen years ago Scottish Labor rejected new nuclear power stations, not only because they take years to build and cost the earth dearly, but also because they are dangerous.

There is no safe way to dispose of toxic nuclear waste. As a result, Scotland has focused its efforts on renewable energy, which currently supplies almost all of our electricity.

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The tone of work has changed. Brian Wilson, former UK Energy Minister and Chairman of the Scottish Energy Transition Commission, is the spearhead of the Scottish Labor Party. He is also a non-executive director of AMEC Nuclear Holdings Ltd, the UK’s largest nuclear services company.

The costs of nuclear construction far exceed those of renewable energy and the production of electricity is twice as expensive. The price for nuclear power is £106/MWh, double the wholesale market price, while offshore wind is £36.95/MWh. Westminster’s bill will force consumers to fund this risky, expensive and dangerous industry by buying more expensive nuclear power.

Investing in renewable energy also creates more jobs. UCL’s Sustainable Resources Institute has found that “renewable electricity can have a six times greater impact on long-term employment than an equivalent increase in nuclear electricity”.

Scotland’s future lies in developing its vast renewable energy potential, not in chasing Labor and Tories down the nuclear rabbit hole. All the more reason to restore independence.

Leah Gunn Barrett, Edinburgh.

It’s time to fight motorists

This Scottish SNP/Green government is stepping up its war on motorists.

Councils will have the power to introduce a workplace parking charge from March 4, 2022.

Nottingham is the only city in the UK to impose this tax and charge £417 per year per space. Many companies have passed this cost on to their employees who use the spaces.

Scottish Transport Minister Graeme Dey is behind the draconian decision and said “Scotland must take bold, world-leading action to tackle the climate emergency”.

This is laughable since Scotland is only responsible for 0.13% of global emissions. Scotland has 2.5 million cars but there are 1.446 billion in the world.

Other than car-hating Edinburgh, I suspect few councils will implement this policy, especially as Scottish local elections are due to be held on May 5, 2022.

Motorists must vote against the SNP and the Greens before it is too late.

The choice of healthcare services belongs to Scotland

A recent letter (January 14) commenting on the UK health and social care bill could give the impression that it would see the privatization of the NHS.

Only a few parts of the bill relate to Scotland, which in any event require local legislative approval.

The main element is a new criminal offense concerning violence against women and girls, prohibiting virginity testing.

The bill also makes reference to certain UK-wide food advertisements to tackle obesity and the provision of health care overseas.

As we all know, the NHS in Scotland is a devolved affair. The Scottish Government can decide priorities and how health services are delivered.

Alastair Murray, Edinburgh.

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