Tuesday, December 27, 2005

Public split over new nuclear power stations

Telegraph | News | Public split over new nuclear power stations

(Filed: 27/12/2005)

The public is almost equally divided over whether to build more nuclear power stations in Britain, a new poll has shown.

Dungeness power station is nearing the end of its life
According to an ICM poll for The Guardian, 48 per cent of people oppose an expansion of nuclear energy while 45 per cent would support it.

ICM interviewed a random sample of 1,004 adults by telephone between December 15 and 18.

Tony Blair has promised a decision on whether the Government will give the go ahead for the construction of new nuclear stations by the summer.

The Prime Minister is thought to favour the nuclear option for meeting Britain's future energy needs as a way of cutting damaging greenhouse gas emissions.

But the move would be deeply controversial, with opposition from many environmentalists and from many in the Labour Party.


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