Friday, 20 February 2009

More from the Western Mail

This time the letters page:

SIR – In response to suggestions that Plaid Cymru has changed its long-held position of opposition to nuclear power in Wales, we write to clarify the situation. At Plaid Cymru’s 2007 conference the party membership passed a motion reiterating the party’s “total opposition to the construction of any new nuclear power stations in Wales”. Our principles are clear. Wales should decide whether a new nuclear power station comes to Wales. But this decision will be taken in London. If we had the powers to make these decision in Wales, a new Wylfa would not be built. Of the four main parties that represent the people in the National Assembly, three have declared their opposition to nuclear energy in Wales. We’re proud to say that Plaid is one of those parties. Wales is already a net exporter of electricity, so this power station is not about meeting our energy needs.

However, it is fair to say that Ynys Môn has specific economic problems which must be addressed. That is why we believe that there are vast opportunities for green-collar jobs which could be realised there, and across Wales, via an Obama-style green new deal. There is an urgent need to vastly expand renewable energy from marine, solar and wind sources, small-scale and large. Why not invest in jobs in these technologies to regenerate Ynys Mon?

Nuclear power stations produce the most toxic waste known to us and it could be around for thousands of years. Producing this waste risks jeopardising the safety of future generations.
A key principle s one of accountability. Support for a new nuclear power station must also mean support for the creation of a new nuclear waste site in Wales. If we are not prepared to bury that waste in the bottom of our garden, we should not be prepared to send it to anyone else’s.

Does Wales want this legacy? Plaid Cymru thinks not.

JOHN DIXON, Plaid Cymru’s National Chair,
LEANNE WOOD AM, Plaid Cymru’s Environment Spokesperson

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