National Left - Wales needs a progressive left future.
Tuesday, 7 April 2015
Let's look at the cost of Nuclear Plants and ask can greater benefits come from elsewhere.
BBC Wales claims that The nuclear power industry linked to the planned new Wylfa plant on Anglesey could be worth £5.7bn to the Welsh economy,
Research for the Welsh Government, estimates investment and business opportunities over 20 years.
At its peak in six years time, 6,800 people would be building Wylfa Newydd, which will have a workforce of 875.
So although it will make an huge boost to employment in Wales but there are no guarantees that all these jobs will go to local people and it will as the report say at the end of the day lead to 850 jobs.
How many permanent jobs could be created throughout Wales for the cost of even a fraction of the the £14bn plant,
I'm no economist it could mean 850 jobs duplicated in more than one part of Wales and would not lead to us facing the cost of decommissioning these plants
It says something for this "Independent "report by consultancy Miller Research who have looked at the capability of businesses in Wales to respond to opportunities in the nuclear supply chain over the next 20 decommissioning of the current old power station, at Wylf and Trawsfynydd in Gwynedd is presented as a positive gains ad the cost of doing the same for the proposed plant which in the future might be faced by the Welsh Government.
Economy Minister Edwina Hart said it was a "once in a generation opportunity".
But it will be another generation that will be faced for paying for this and the cost of jobs on Ynys Mon by firms not wanting to create businesses in the shadow of a nuclear power station on the island probably can't realty be estimated but could it be more or less than the "permanent" jobs created.
Were the authors of this report asked to look at any negative effects on the Welsh economy of building a new Wylfa ?
Or even consider how a similar amount of public/private investment in the Welsh economy could benefit the people of Wales and not leave us future generations with the cost of cleaning up our mess.