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bodger

No Severn Barrier

The project to build the Severn Barrier has been scrapped and I'm pleased but at the same time, I'm also dismayed to hear that eight new nuclear power stations are going to built instead. I think that both developments have the potential to be disasterous for our environment.
I don't have practical alternatives but just have the feeling that armed with the 30 billion pounds earmarked for the new powerstations, surely our science boffins should be able to come up with something better.

Here's an interesting tit bit to consider. Our local nuclear power station used to be at Trawsfyndd. It was decommissioned in around 1992 but is still costing one million pounds every single day to maintain. Where's the cheap sustainable power coming from in that then ?
mogs

i dont know how   , but i do feel water and air power should be harnessed somehow and with the Severn Bore it would have been a tremendous surge of power.
but at what cost?
Christine

No doubt about the same in the long run as it's costing to keep a defunct nuclear power station safe.
Captain_Dingbat

Problem is, no-one seems to want the wind energy! the 'Not in my backyard' brigade pulled down one that was under construction in a local village last year causing over 30,000 of damage and it wasn't then replaced. We have quite a few now off our coast, and the locals are always moaning about them...

I would rather see turbines than grow tentacles due to radiation poisoning....
debbie

and because ofthe proposed tidal power further up the estury they removed the one by Lynmouth that was working very well and powered Lynton and Lynmouth and sold energy back to the national grid now we will have neither:scratch:
lottie

I sit in our conservatory every morning eating breakfast and looking at the adjacent hill with 10 wind turbines and I love them--I wouldn't want to be  
right next to them but nobody is--they are beautful and a great source of clean energy.
Baldybloke

mogs wrote:
i dont know how , but i do feel water and air power should be harnessed somehow and with the Severn Bore it would have been a tremendous surge of power.
but at what cost?


I agree, a barrage would have a major impact on the unique ecosystem of the Severn. Rather than have a barrage, a more sustainable solution would be several micro hydro installations. The scheme at Lynmouth and Lynton sounds interesting and I would like to learn more about it.
Unfortunately the energy industry is all about continual growth and bigger payouts to shareholders. In future we need to look at less or more effecient appliances and local micro generation.
dtalbot

Baldybloke wrote:

Unfortunately the energy industry is all about continual growth and bigger payouts to shareholders.


Not just the energy industry, that is he model the entire western economy is based on! Any public company director who says their company is about anything other than delivering shareholder value is either having you on or will be looking for a new job real soon!
lottie

And any alternative that works is ?
p.s. Didn't say I like it like it is.

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