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High Court fires broadside at government over nuclear

The High Court in London has criticised the government's handling of a consultation prior to its decision to back a new generation of nuclear plant. According to Greenpeace, which brought the case, Mr Justice Sullivan ruled that last year's Energy Review was not the "fullest public consultation." He said it was "seriously flawed and that the process was manifestly inadequate and unfair" because the government had not made sufficient information available for those consulted to make an "intelligent response." From Greenpeace, Sarah North calls nuclear a dangerous distraction from the real solutions to climate change. Ten new nuclear stations would only cut CO2 emissions by 4%. "As well as being too little, it will also be too late. Climate wrecking emissions need to be cut now, not in 20 years," she says. The Department of Trade and Industry, which led the Energy Review process says it will be consulting further on nuclear. Meantime it is pressing on with its energy policy white paper. A balanced approach is needed, which includes energy efficiency, renewables and low carbon sources such as nuclear, says the government.

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