Nasa scientist Dr James Hansen says no to coal-fired power

NASA climate change scientist Dr James Hansen tells BBC Scotland the UK should not build any more coal-fired power stations

Related Stories

A world climate change expert has said the UK should not build any more coal-fired power stations.

Nasa scientist Dr James Hansen was speaking to BBC Scotland ahead of being awarded the prestigious Edinburgh Medal at the city's Science Festival.

Plans have been put forward for coal-fired facilities at Grangemouth and Hunterston in Ayrshire.

Dr Hansen said a mixture of new-build nuclear and renewables was the best combination to prevent climate change.

Speaking on Newsnight Scotland he said: "For base load electric power, I think that we need next generation nuclear power, which can be much safer and which can burn nuclear waste and solve that major problem with nuclear power."

Last month it emerged that US firm, Summit Power Group, is planning to build a coal-fuelled power station at the port of Grangemouth, on the Firth of Forth.

The plant would use carbon capture and storage (CCS) technology in a bid to reduce emissions by more than 90%.

A public inquiry is due to be carried out before the Scottish government makes a final decision on proposals for a similar facility at Hunterston.

In November last year North Ayrshire Council rejected plans by Ayrshire Power for a coal-fired station but company vowed to fight on.

More on This Story

Related Stories

The BBC is not responsible for the content of external Internet sites

BBC Edinburgh, Fife and East

Weather

Edinburgh

14 °C 12 °C

Features

BBC © 2014 The BBC is not responsible for the content of external sites. Read more.

This page is best viewed in an up-to-date web browser with style sheets (CSS) enabled. While you will be able to view the content of this page in your current browser, you will not be able to get the full visual experience. Please consider upgrading your browser software or enabling style sheets (CSS) if you are able to do so.