Bishop berated for Sellafield support

09 September 2009

ANTI-NUCLEAR activists protested last week over comments by the next Bishop of Carlisle, the Rt Revd James Newcome, endorsing the nuclear power industry, writes Nigel Burnham.

Bishop Newcome, who is currently Bishop of Penrith, told newspapers two weeks ago: “We regard Sellafield as one of the most important institutions in the diocese. It employs a significant number of people, and I am also very enthusiastic about nuclear power as a green option for the future.”

The Bishop’s comments were welcomed by workers and unions at Sellafield, but outraged activists from Radiation Free Lakeland and Cumbria Action on Climate Change. Early last week, a delegation went to Carlisle Cathedral to present the Bishop with a letter asking him to retract his statement.

“Nuclear power is detrimental to our climate and human and animal life,” the letter said. “Last year, the plant emitted 435,000 tonnes of carbon dioxide, and it no longer produces any electricity.”

Bishop Newcome, who succeeds the Rt Revd Graham Dow as Bishop of Carlisle on 10 October, could not be contacted for comment.

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