ANTI-NUCLEAR campaigners are gathering forces against what they say is a “repeated narrative” that nuclear energy is viable and helps create more jobs.

A number of anti-nuclear campaign groups, and Cymdeithas yr Iaith, are organising a conference in Caernarfon which will hear from PAWB (People Against Wylfa B), CND Cymru, Nuclear Free Local Authorities, CADNO, the Welsh Anti-Nuclear Alliance and Beyond Nuclear.

Speakers, activists and campaigners will meet at Llety Arall, Stryd y Plas, on Saturday, July 23, for a ‘United Welsh Front Against Nuclear Power.’

Robat Idris of PAWB Ynys Môn, said comments by Ynys Môn MP Virginia Crosbie’s pledge, during the early stages of the Conservative leadership contest, to support support Sajid Javid due to his ‘understanding’ of the need for nuclear and renewables to create jobs on the island showed the need to challenge the narrative.

He said: “Regardless of who the next UK Prime Minister will be, and regardless of any support Virginia Crosbie gives to any candidate in the PM election, the truth is that nuclear power is a technology of the past.

“We hear the same old repeated narrative that nuclear will create jobs, but there are many other viable options with fewer risks.

“Renewable technologies are of today and tomorrow, those will create more job opportunities on Ynys Môn and north Wales.

“Credible scenarios of zero carbon by 2015 are possible without nuclear.”

Richard Outram, secretary of Nuclear Free Local Authorities, will open the conference with a talk on ‘Why Wales doesn’t need nuclear power.’

He said: “This conference will help mobilise campaigners, public and councillors against new nuclear in Wales for a 100 per cent renewable future for the nation.

“Wales is blessed with natural resources – wind, sun, sea, rivers – from which renewable power can be derived at a fraction of the cost and time required by nuclear development, and without any of the associated risks of accidents, contamination and radioactive waste that accompanies it.

“I am proud that the NFLA will be present, and hope that our participation will encourage other Welsh councils to join us”.

Other talks include ‘nuclear tax and its effect on electricity bills’ by Linda Rogers, whilst  Neil Crumpton, will speak on the ‘Westminster government and nuclear decisions.’ They both represent, PAWB.

Meleri Davies, of Ynni Ogwen, will speak on ‘clean local energy’, whilst Dwyfor Meirionnydd MS Mabon ap Gwynfor will talk on ‘Cwmni Egino and the Welsh Government policy.’

Cwmni Egino, is the Welsh Government backed firm, established to develop plans for use of the former Trawsfynydd nuclear power station, in Gwynedd, with ministers in Cardiff backing plans for new nuclear at the site.

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Linda Gunter of Beyond Nuclear International will discuss nuclear disasters while Dr Stephen Thomas  of Greenwich University will describe the ‘Prospects for Small’ Modular Nuclear Reactors, such as those proposed for Trawsfynydd.

Idris added “There are lots of credible options for creating jobs in Wales, beyond the repeated narrative that nuclear is the only way.

“People are increasingly sceptical of nuclear. 

“The green revolution is coming,” he added.

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