As Prime Minister Tony Blair prepares this week to announce a review of energy policy, Christian environmentalists have expressed concern at the prospect of nuclear power being promoted as the solution to climate change. Tim Cooper, Chairman of Christian Ecology Link, said:
“The Government has invited greater dialogue with representatives of faith communities in order to improve consultation on public policy. (See below) We hope to ensure that it recognises the theological and ethical dimension to the energy debate.”
He announced that Christian Ecology Link will shortly be producing a report on energy strategy from a faith perspective that will be submitted to the Government. He said that the non-nuclear alternative was liable to be dismissed because the Government was afraid to respond to over-consumption of energy in affluent nations:
“ Climate change must be addressed urgently, but without recourse to a revival of a nuclear energy programme. Renewable energy and less wasteful energy consumption can bring about the necessary reductions in greenhouse gas emissions and ensure an energy abundant and peaceful world for us all in the long term.
“The nuclear industry has been lobbying hard within the church over the past year. We have listened to their arguments but from a Christian perspective the case for nuclear energy is severely flawed.”
Home Office (2004) Working Together: Co-operation between Government and Faith Communities, Home Office Faith Communities Unit.
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