Monday, October 31, 2005

Nuclear power is an option: Blair News - Latest News - Nuclear power is an option: Blair

The major threat of climate change can only be tackled if developing and emerging nations work together, Tony Blair has said.

The Prime Minister, writing in a Sunday newspaper, also stated that nuclear power was among the options that should be considered to produce "low carbon power".

His comments come a few days after Prince Charles said the issue of global warming should be treated with "a far greater degree of priority than is happening now".

Mr Blair's article in the Observer stated: "There are huge opportunities in environmental technology and huge possibilities in sustainable development, if the right framework for low carbon energy generation can be stimulated.

"But none of this is going to happen unless the major developed and emerging nations sit down together and work it out, in a way that allows us all to grow, imposes no competitive disadvantage and enables the transfer of the technology needed for sustainable growth to take place."

Mr Blair highlighted the importance of an international summit on climate change on Tuesday that will see the G8 nations come together with China, India, Brazil, Mexico and South Africa in London.

The Prime Minister went on to say: "We need to see how the existing energy technologies we have such as wind, solar and - yes - nuclear, together with new technologies such as fuel cells and carbon capture and storage, can generate the low carbon power the world needs."

The Government will be taking action soon to achieve its domestic goal of reducing carbon dioxide emissions by 20% by 2010, said Mr Blair.

He explained that one policy being considered was increasing the use of eco-friendly biofuels - made from plant oils.

But Tony Juniper, executive director of Friends of the Earth, said the Government was not doing enough to tackle the problem.

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