Addressing a ThinkScotland event in association with FORATOM, the Brussels-based trade association for the European nuclear energy industry in Perth this evening, (Thursday 8th March 2007) Mr Stevenson called on the Government to embrace a mix of provision to meet Scotland’s future energy needs.
Speaking at a fringe event in Perth, Mr Stevenson said:-
“Scotland’s future energy consumption will continue to increase.Â Domestic and commercial use will very quickly outstrip our capacity and we need to act now if we are to meet efficiently and effectively our future needs.
“Wind farms rely on very specific conditions which make this mode of energy production fairly limited.Â Scotland would need to be overrun with turbines if this were the preferred provider.Â Coal fired power stations similarly require a significant and steady supply of fossil fuels to function.Â Nuclear power offers a clean, achievable and realistic alternative which reduces CO2 emissions to near zero.
“No-one wants to go back to the situation faced in the late 70s where blackouts were a regular occurrence.Â Nuclear technology has moved on leaps and bounds since the early days, and it is a clean, efficient and safe way of producing energy.Â We also have hundreds of skilled nuclear sector workers at Torness, Hunterston and Chapelcross who are desperate for a new generation of nuclear power stations. It’s time to get behind nuclear power in Scotland.”
Notes to Editors
ThinkScotland is a right of centre online think tank focussing on European affairs from a Scottish perspective. Chaired by Scottish global entrepreneur Robert Kilgour, its primary aim is to raise awareness of the issues that matter to the people of Scotland and explore how Scots can influence future policy. It offers a platform to politicians and non-politicians to share their views and invite the public to join in the debate.
ThinkScotland has a board of advisers which includes members of the Scottish, UK and European Parliaments as well as leading representatives from the business and academic fields. European bills and directives accounts for more than 70% of the legislation affecting Scotland, yet this dominant influence is neither recognised among the general public or the media or used to its full political gain for Scotland.Â
ThinkScotland amongst other things, offers an online forum for discussion and debate.Â For more information visitÂ www.thinkscotland.org
FORATOM The European Atomic Forum (FORATOM) is the Brussels-based trade association for the nuclear energy industry in Europe. Its main purpose is to promote the use of nuclear energy in Europe by acting as the voice of the industry in energy policy discussions involving the EU institutions and provide a “bridge” between the industry and the institutions (Members of the European Parliament and key policy-makers in the European Commission).
The membership of FORATOM is made up of 17 national nuclear associations. Foratom also represents some of the continent’s largest industrial concerns. Nearly 800 firms are represented. For more information visit: www.foratom.org
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8th March 2007