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NEW BRANCH OF EUROSOLAR

A new branch of Eurosolar -- the European association for renewable energy -- has been launched in Britain. It states its aim is to lobby for all kinds of energy which are powered by the sun and which do not damage the environment. This looser definition of solar energy embraces wind, wave, small scale hydro and biomass as well as photovoltaics and passive solar. "The members of Eurosolar believe that 100% renewable energy is both desirable and possible," claims the launch blurb. "Solar energy is far cheaper than energy from either nuclear or fossil sources, if all the real costs are included beyond those of fuel and labour -- such as health costs due to pollution, damage to beautiful buildings, loss of human life and damage to wildlife." Eurosolar UK says it will seek to modify existing laws, taxes and regulations and influence decision makers to advance the use of sustainable energy. It also aims to educate and provide information on all aspects of clean energy. The pressure group has support from all major political parties. Headed by Labour MP Frank Cook, its membership is made up of members of national parliaments and the European parliament, companies and individual members. Corporate members include wind industry organisations such as the British Wind Energy Association.

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