Don't fall into the Energy Trap

With the UK's plans for more nuclear power looking increasingly precarious as a result of the economic fallout from the stricken Fukushima plant in Japan, the interchurch group Christian Ecology Link, is urging the Government not to return to burning coal, but to turn to renewable energy, and invest in insulating Britain's notoriously inefficient homes.

According to Christian Ecology Link, (CEL) this twin strategy to bridge the 'energy gap' will not only protect God's Creation, it will also protect the vulnerable, and the NHS budget, from the scandalous toll of excess winter deaths and illness.

CEL says: "As a result of the ongoing nuclear power plant crisis in Japan, the need to increase insurance cover and safety measures for new nuclear plants in the United Kingdom will make the cost of energy for British taxpayers and bill payers higher than ever.

"Yet, even though we may not be able to afford nuclear power, we cannot risk greater catastrophic damage to the climate by returning to burning more coal to generate electricity, as carbon capture and storage (CCS) remains widely unavailable and the technologies are costly.

"If we build new coal-fired power plants without CCS, we will be forced to pay the full carbon cost, and potentially be required to close the plants down in the near future due to European law. This is not a sensible route to take."

Renewable Energy in the UK is rising fast, but Christian Ecology Link believes that the Energy Bill currently going through Parliament does not do enough to stimulate green electricity investment or the insulation of homes and offices.

CEL supports the Renewable Energy targets for the UK, and efforts to increase those targets at the European Union level. CEL also support the adoption of the highest targets recommended by the Climate Change Committee's Fourth Carbon Budget.