Nuclear energy fat cats targeted for fuel povertyTagged as: boycott cats edf energy environment environmentalism fat fuel nuclear poverty repression social_struggles solidarity
Anti-nuclear campaign group, Boycott EDF, today targeted the UK headquarters of EDF Energy in central London as part of three national days of action called by the Climate Justice Collective’s Fuel Poverty Action campaign.
French energy giant EDF Energy is spearheading the government’s drive to build eight new nuclear power stations around England, starting with Hinkley Point in Somerset. Activists grouped outside EDF’s HQ with banners and gave out leaflets entitled: EDF Energy: exploiting the poor, polluting the planet.
Boycott EDF spokesperson Nancy Birch said:
“With the Fukushima nuclear crisis in Japan fresh in people’s minds, we firmly reject dangerous and false solutions to climate change like nuclear power.
“EDF Energy and the other five energy fat cats have almost complete control over our energy supplies in the UK. We are fed up with watching these companies put profit before people and planet.
Nancy added that a new model for energy provision is needed:
‘”It may be possible for energy dictators like EDF Energy to be persuaded (or forced) to cut their prices and switch to safer and more sustainable sources of energy, like renewables but we think that reforming the energy market can only be a partial solution to a much deeper problem.
“Control of our energy sources and supplies remains in the hands of big multinational corporations. As long as this situation continues, it will be extremely difficult for society to take the action necessary to wean itself off fossil fuels and nuclear power, and switch over to renewable and (predominantly) decentralised energy production, where the whole community benefits.
“We need a new model of energy production that provides for people’s needs without costing the earth, economically or environmentally. This can be done. Countries like Germany are starting to move in the right direction. The UK must move quickly to mobilise against the tyranny of the Big Six if we are to prevent further suffering and environmental destruction.”
“We want a future, not a disaster!”
Boycott EDF is a London-based group affiliated to the Stop Nuclear Power Network and a member of the Stop New Nuclear alliance.
Further details of these groups can be found at:
Boycott EDF: http://boycottedf.org.uk
Stop Nuclear Power Network: http://stopnuclearpoweruk.net
Stop New Nuclear alliance: http://stopnewnuclear.org.uk
Climate Justice Collective: http://climatejusticecollective.wordpress.com
Fuel Poverty Action: http://fuelpovertyaction.wordpress.com
Following a 400- strong blockade at Hinkley Point last October, Boycott EDF campaigners will be joining hundreds of other activists who are returning to the Somerset site during the weekend of 10-11 March 2012 to mark the first anniversary of the start of the Fukushima nuclear crisis in Japan.
More details: http://stopnewnuclear.org.uk