Tuesday, July 05, 2005

G8 Nuclear

'US pressures G8 to support nuclear power'
James Kirkup/Political Correspondent
The Scotsman 14.6.05

'The White House is pressing for next month's G8 summit in Gleneagles to make a clear statement of support for nuclear power, opening up a new rift with the UK over climate change. The US pressure over nuclear power is revealed in a confidential paper prepared by UK government officials as part of the preparatory talks before the Gleneagles meeting.

The leaked document, entitled 'Powering a Cleaner Future', discloses that the UK considers rejecting the US position to be a "red line" issue, on which no concessions can be made. However, the UK is willing to see the summit endorse a US project for a new worldwide generation of nuclear reactors.'

The G-8 countries produce and consume 72 percent of the world's nuclear energy.

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