David Cameron backs UK nuclear energy plans despite Japan earthquake
Despite the crisis in Japan due to the devastating earthquake, David Cameron has said that nuclear energy is the most important energy used in the UK.
The Prime Minister said in a statement that, “”I do think that nuclear power should be part of the mix in future as it is part of the mix right now. Obviously I’m sure that everyone watching the dreadful events in Japan will want to make sure we learn any lessons.”
The earthquake in Japan has caused serious doubts about the safety of nuclear energy. 3,373 people have died so far as a result of the earthquake, which measured at 8.9 on the Richter scale.
The Fukushima nuclear plant in Japan has been majorly affected by the earthquake and several explosions has caused the release of radiation into the atmosphere.
British people living in Tokyo have been advised to get out of Tokyo because of the risk of impending radiation and a 12 mile exclusion zone has been set up around the Fukushima nuclear reactor.
Nuclear power is used to generate electricity and provides around 13-14% of the world’s electricity. As it’s a sustainable energy source that reduces carbon emissions, the UK government and David Cameron are keen to capitalise on nuclear energy.
The Secretary for Climate Change and Energy Chris Huhne is looking at how Britain can avoid a Fukushima situation happening and has reportedly asked the UK’s chief nuclear inspector Mike Weightman to evaluate the Japanese crisis and apply the changes to the 10 nuclear power stations currently in Britain.
Contractors today warned that delays in the UK’s nuclear power programme could have serious economic and energy supply consequences. Therefore Mr Cameron and the UK need to capitalise on nuclear energy and push forward.
As long as the nuclear power plants are safe and can withstand a heavy earthquake, similar to the one which obliterated Japan, then they should go ahead with the plans. But the last thing anyone wants is that the plans are rushed through and safety precautions ignored, as no one in the UK wants an incident like Fukushima or Chernobyl to occure.
Then again, some MP’s, such as Conservative MP Zac Goldsmith have reportedly called for a suspension of Britain’s nuclear programme.
Posted on March 18, 2011, in construction news, train4tradeskills and tagged Chernobyl disaster, Chris Huhne, Climate change, construction, david cameron, Fukushima, Japan, Japan earthquake 2011, Japan tsunami, nuclear energy, Nuclear power, Prime minister, t4ts, Tokyo, train 4 trade skills, train4tradeskills. Bookmark the permalink. 1 Comment.