Ministers and Parliament have been misled in the argument for and against nuclear power and the debate must be re-opened and a vote on the issue held, claims a report.
A corruption of governance? How Ministers and Parliament were misled says that information presented to MPs was false. The two campaign groups that published the report – the Association for the Conservation of Energy and Unlock Democracy – say that there were not formerly anti-nuclear.
“It is abundantly clear that there has been a corruption of governance. MPs and Parliament have been misled. And either Ministers were in on this misleading (which we do not believe) or they too were misled,” the report stated. “The decision to support new nuclear power stations has been made on the basis of false evidence, misrepresentation of evidence and omissions of evidence.”
Using the government’s own evidence, the authors of the report argued that the UK does not need any more new nuclear power stations to ensure power supply and reduce C02 by 80% by 2050.
They added that the evidence also showed that nuclear power is not the least expensive of all low carbon technologies and that the building of new nuclear power stations will mean higher fuel bills.
The authors of the report said MPs do not have time to read thousands of pages of reports and footnotes, references and modelling and rely on the summaries to take their stance in Parliament.
They do not accuse Ministers of deception but say that “someone has fiddled the evidence, ignored the analysis and misrepresented the conclusions of modelling”.
The report conclusion added: “Either it’s a monumental series of mistakes or the ‘nuclear lobby’ has got control of the Whitehall machine.”