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Scottish Energy Issues – Nuclear Power

YouGov poll shows nuclear still has support

Q1

We need nuclear power along with other forms of energy

The latest YouGov poll indicates that in spite of the recent events in Japan there is still no widespread support for the SNP’s ‘no nuclear’ policy, with support for nuclear power having only dropped one percentage point since a similar poll in 2008.

Events in Japan are still playing out however, and it is four weeks until the election. It will be interesting to see if support for nuclear power si still as strong on polling day.

 

 

 

 

Q2Nuclear power stations are more environmentally friendly than coal and gas power stations

The ‘green’ message from the nuclear industry has obviously been getting through – people do seem to understand that whatever other problems nuclear energy may pose the  CO2 costs are low.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Q3

Scotland’s energy should only come from renewable sources, not from nuclear power stations or coal and gas

Curiously, there are a greater number who believe that our energy should only come from renewables than are against nuclear power – which proves, if anything, that the results of a poll depend very much on which questions are asked and how they are phrased.

 

 So – is the SNP ‘no nukes’ policy dead in the water, or is there stil some life in it?

One Response to “Scottish Energy Issues – Nuclear Power”

  • robtrythall:

    Windfarms vs Nuclear

    Has Scotland got it wrong??

    From todays D Telegraph (9/5/2011)

    Your wind power developer be it SSE or SPR is also a nuclear developer ,
    so either way they will be a winner

    Nuclear power ‘cheaper option than offshore wind farms’

    Nuclear power should be favoured over plans to build thousands of offshore wind turbines, the Government’s climate advisers have indicated.

    The Committee on Climate Change said nuclear would be the most cost–effective way of providing low–carbon electricity into the 2020s, and called for about 14 new plants by the end of the next decade.

    It would mean extending plans to build 12 reactors on seven sites by 2025.

    The committee also said the “very aggressive pace” of government plans to build offshore wind turbines over the next nine years should be “moderated” because of its expense.

    Incentives to boost offshore wind projects over the next decade will add about £50 to the average household electricity bill by 2020.

    David Kennedy, the committee’s chief executive, said more support could be given to cheaper options, including air and ground–source heat pumps and onshore wind farms, to help Britain meet its EU target of providing 15 per cent of its energy from renewable sources by 2020.

    The Government expects more than 3,600 turbines to be installed in British waters by 2020, providing a capacity of 13 gigawatts.

    Mr Kennedy said: “Offshore wind is a very promising technology and one we should support. It has a lot of resource potential and is becoming competitive over time. However, it will not be competitive with other low carbon technologies in the next decade or so.”

    He said this meant the Government had to be flexible on its plans for offshore wind this decade.

    The committee also said the Government should invest heavily in offshore wind in the 2020s because of its long–term importance to British energy.

    It said 40 per cent of electricity should eventually come from renewables and 40 per cent from nuclear.

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