Hinkley is a total waste of public money

Responding to news that the UK Government has given the go ahead for a new £18bn nuclear power station at Hinkley Point in Somerset, Mark Ruskell MSP, Energy spokesperson for the Scottish Greens, said:

“Hinkley is a total waste of public money and will simply add to the toxic legacy the nuclear industry has already left us to deal with. The anti-Green agenda of the Westminster Government is doing serious damage to Scotland’s renewable energy potential.  

“The Tories are locking us into a deal involving a type of reactor that has never been successfully built, with EDF’s other projects behind schedule and over budget. The fact that the UK Government is talking about future nuclear new builds underlines the need for Scotland to have greater control over energy policy, so we can chart a different course and create lasting jobs in industries that have a future.”