Nuclear generators set out stall on CO2 reduction

New nuclear power stations are needed if the Government is to meet its target to reduce carbon dioxide emissions, British Energy told a parliamentary inquiry in February. But the nuclear industry's claim to be the only energy source that pays its full environmental costs has been challenged by an independent assessment of its liabilities.

The nuclear industry's long-running efforts to present itself as the answer to global warming were knocked down by the last Government's 1995 White Paper (ENDS Report 244, pp 26-29 ). This found "no evidence...that new nuclear build is needed in the near future on emissions abatement grounds," though there "might

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