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Friends of the Irish Environment has called on Fine Gael to rethink its call for EU aviation subsidies. The call follows Fine Gael's MEP Senator Jim Higgins claim that Commissioner for Regional Policy, Mrs. Danuta Hubner had indicated that European Regional Development funds could be used for the development of infrastructure and services at regional airports.
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Friends of the Irish Environment has called on Fine Gael to rethink its call for EU aviation subsidies. The call follows Fine Gael's MEP Senator Jim Higgins claim that Commissioner for Regional Policy, Mrs. Danuta Hubner had indicated that European Regional Development funds could be used for the development of infrastructure and services at regional airports.
Read Our Press Release
and
Report on Fossil Fuel Subsidies

GREEN GROUP REAFFIRMS NUCLEAR OPPOSITION

It was suggested on Saturday's RTE radio's nature programme 'Mooney Goes Wild' that Friends of the Irish Environment [FIE] was reconsidering its opposition to nuclear power.

It appears this confusion arose because of Friends of the Earth's [FoE] Director's comments recently about reconsidering the organisation's position in the wake of James's Lovelock's (author of 'Gaia') widely-reported decision last autumn to support nuclear fuel to replace fossil fuels and so slow down global warming. 'They will change their position within five years' a member of the panel asserted.

FIE emailed in a question for the panel: 'Ask them how long nuclear fuel will last?' Their expert indicated that was a good and unconsidered point. The reply suggested that if all those who are considering using nuclear fuel did so, the world's supply of nuclear fuel would be exhausted 'in 50 years'.

In fact, on 1994 consumption levels assured resources of uranium will last for 54 years. [NEA/OECD, Red Book, 1995] The use of breeder reactors, reprocessing and the possible inclusion of thorium must be weighed against the increased demand since 1994 and the present proposed explosion of the use of nuclear power.

It also creates hazardous waste which will be a burden for future generations. The total volume of radioactive waste produced from reprocessing 4 cubic metres of spent nuclear fuel is 642 cubic metres. This waste is 100 million times more radioactive than uranium ore. The whole process is vulnerable to human error and to political violence.

The use of nuclear fuel is not sustainable. It is a problem, not an answer to anything.


GREEN GROUP REAFFIRMS NUCLEAR OPPOSITION

It was suggested on Saturday's RTE radio's nature programme 'Mooney Goes Wild' that Friends of the Irish Environment [FIE] was reconsidering its opposition to nuclear power.

It appears this confusion arose because of Friends of the Earth's [FoE] Director's comments recently about reconsidering the organisation's position in the wake of James's Lovelock's (author of 'Gaia') widely-reported decision last autumn to support nuclear fuel to replace fossil fuels and so slow down global warming. 'They will change their position within five years' a member of the panel asserted.

FIE emailed in a question for the panel: 'Ask them how long nuclear fuel will last?' Their expert indicated that was a good and unconsidered point. The reply suggested that if all those who are considering using nuclear fuel did so, the world's supply of nuclear fuel would be exhausted 'in 50 years'.

In fact, on 1994 consumption levels assured resources of uranium will last for 54 years. [NEA/OECD, Red Book, 1995] The use of breeder reactors, reprocessing and the possible inclusion of thorium must be weighed against the increased demand since 1994 and the present proposed explosion of the use of nuclear power.

It also creates hazardous waste which will be a burden for future generations. The total volume of radioactive waste produced from reprocessing 4 cubic metres of spent nuclear fuel is 642 cubic metres. This waste is 100 million times more radioactive than uranium ore. The whole process is vulnerable to human error and to political violence.

The use of nuclear fuel is not sustainable. It is a problem, not an answer to anything.
FIE CLAIMS EPA CARBON PLAN FAILS TO MEET EU RULES

The absence of the 'additional plans' which the Government proposes for Ireland to meet its Kyoto targets means that today's EPA carbon plan fails to meet EU rules. These rules require that all the emissions reduction measures planned are specified. This is so that the EU can judge the effectiveness and credibility of the plan and to ensure that member states are not giving illegal state aid to big industries by allocating to them higher emissions rights than are consistent with meeting the Kyoto target.
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FIE CLAIMS EPA CARBON PLAN FAILS TO MEET EU RULES

The absence of the 'additional plans' which the Government proposes for Ireland to meet its Kyoto targets means that today's EPA carbon plan fails to meet EU rules. These rules require that all the emissions reduction measures planned are specified. This is so that the EU can judge the effectiveness and credibility of the plan and to ensure that member states are not giving illegal state aid to big industries by allocating to them higher emissions rights than are consistent with meeting the Kyoto target.
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