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Secretary of State for Ireland questions nuclear

Secretary of State for Northern Ireland Peter Hain is the first member of Prime Minister Tony Blair's cabinet to speak out against nuclear power. With a major review of government energy policy under way, which could see the resurrection of nuclear power in the UK, Hain argues that renewable energy would be preferable to nuclear. Serious concerns remain about nuclear, he says in the magazine of the Socialist Environment Resources Association, "New Ground." He questions nuclear's cost, security implications, its "clean" tag, and reliance on other countries for imports of uranium. "Our failure to take the tough decisions on alternative sources of energy in the past has left us now facing this option," he says.

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