A nuclear power-free Scotland would be safer for people and planet

Nuclear power is costly, dangerous and leaves a toxic legacy.

A Scotland without nuclear power would be safer for people and planet, says the Scottish Greens climate spokesperson, Mark Ruskell MSP.

Mr Ruskell’s warnings come as the UK government has committed to trebling nuclear capacity by 2050 as part of a COP declaration, and with reports that the Sellafield nuclear site has been targeted by groups linked to China and Russia.

Mr Ruskell said: “The allegations of hacking at Sellafield should alarm all of us. Nuclear energy is costly, dangerous and unsafe for people and planet. It will leave a legacy of toxic waste and higher bills for generations to come. It has no place in Scotland.

“The Tory's epic failure to deliver Hinkley Point to time and budget shows just how unreliable and costly new nuclear is. That time and money could have been far better spent on expanding our homegrown renewable energy, which is the real solution to ending our reliance on climate-wrecking fossil fuels.

“With Scottish Greens in government here in Scotland are getting on with the job, and building our new wind and solar capabilities at pace. That is how we will ensure a safer and greener future.”