I read over the weekend that Torness and Hunterston Nuclear Power Stations have re-opened their Visitor Centres and even Fergus Ewing is guardedly complimentary. Albeit he panders to the CND members among the SNP MSPs by saying that Scotland still has no plans to build new Nuclear Power stations. That does not of course preclude the possible improvements to existing ones. However I was somewhat depressed to see the Scotsman produce a contra comment from WWF. Since when does WWF define our countries policy. Too often unconnected NGOs make political statements on issues that are well outside their remit. I suggest the Scotsman use appropriate commentators, not rent a quote. Such as WWF, FoE and RSPB seem to have far too much influence within the corridors of power. They even write some of their policies, often far removed from their field of operations. What people forget are that whilst Government are subject to an element of transparency through the Freedom of Information Act, these NGOs are not. Is it not time that they should be exposed to scrutiny. How much of their money is directed towards political aims and how does that effect their charitable status. Interesting that Ewing passes the buck to EDF in his statement that EDF employs a lot of people locally. Like it or not, Nuclear does fulfil a requirement of our future energy needs whilst ScotGov follows it’s renewable crusade. Fact of Life Mr. Ewing!
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