The Difference Between Weather And Climate

I have had people say to me on many occasions “if they cannot predict tomorrows weather how can they predict climate change”. This is a common misconception that climate and weather are the same thing. Think about heating up some water. As you heat it the temperature increase will not be uniform. The warmer water […]


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Sizewell C Second Consultation: Responses

The consultation is now closed. I thought it would be useful for other groups campaigning against nuclear power to see what has been written since a lot of points would be relevant to other campaigns. Several responses are on the Together Against Sizewell C site plus the one from Theberton and Eastbrigdge Action Group.  


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Unemployment Benefit: Getting Things Into Perspective

If you ask people what they think the biggest problem facing this country is you quite often get one of two answers. Either it is immigration or it is the problem of people who are living a life of luxury on the dole because they do not want to work. It is important if you […]


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Question: What Is The Meaning Of “cost-effective”

During the recent stage 2 consultation on Sizewell C run by EDF, the company expressed a desire to maximise the use of rail and marine transport options in order to minimise the quantities of freight delivered by road. The consultation document sets out various scenarios for rail and marine freight, and concludes that at least […]


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Mains Water Usage At Nuclear Power Plants

In a recent post we (Emma Bateman and myself) talked about mains water usage at Sizewell nuclear power plant1. This has created some confusing (not least amongst people working from EDF) which this post is intended to clear up. Below is a very simplified diagram of  the water flow in a pressurised water reactor (PWR). […]


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Christmas: A Good Time To Hide A Consultation

The Stage 2 Consultation for the proposed Sizewell C nuclear power station runs from 23 November 2016 until 3rd February 20171. As with the Stage 1 consultation this runs over the Christmas / New Year period. In affect this significantly cuts the consultation period due to the disruption caused by the extended holiday period. The […]


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Sizewell C 2nd Consultation: Mains Water

In the 321 pages of the 2nd consultation document there is no mention at all about the use of mains water. When I asked a Sizewell “expert?? during the stage 2 consultation roadshow, he was unaware that Sizewell C would require 1,600 m3 mains water per day, and thought that I was asking about water […]


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Sizewell C Second Consultation: Jobs and Employment

I have written several times about the affect on employment of new nuclear build: ‘Slave Labour’ building nuclear plants, Nuclear Jobs – Boom and Bust in Rural Communities, The local Impact of Sizewell C and D on employment and the economy For more see my page on Nuclear Power and scroll down to Jobs and […]


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Not Believing Your Own Eyes

We all tend to live in a very small bubble of people we socialise with (both face to face and via social media) and of the locality and workplaces we frequent. This can give us a very distorted data about the world we live in. It is therefore often important to look at the ‘bigger […]


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Update: The Recent ‘Review’ Of The Hinkley C Project

My last post was about the ‘review’ of the Hinkley C project. I have now received the final decision from the BEIS over my Freedom Of Information request. I have not spent much time looking through the document by a link from a link does take you to some of the related documents. These can […]


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