Sunday, November 05, 2006

Trident vs emission reductions

Great piece in yesterdays Guardian about the respective costs of Trident and achieving emission reductions

The latest Trident costs, calculated by the Liberal Democrats based on information extracted in parliamentary answers, suggest an overall figure of £76bn to buy missiles, replace nuclear submarines, and maintain the system for 30 years.


Yesterday, the environment secretary, David Miliband, played down the need for greatly increased government spending to achieve cuts, saying the market in emissions should contribute a lot, but scientists, industry bodies and others suggested about £76bn could almost guarantee emission reductions from 150m tonnes of carbon a year today to the necessary level of around 60m tonnes by 2030.

I know which I would rather see my taxes spent on