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Why we selected this film
“EDF want to charge the British public a £6 annual premium on energy bills that will go straight to the French government to finance Sizewell C. To add insult to injury this will make every family an accessory to the further destruction of our heritage areas by helping EDF build their redundant white elephant on our precious coastline. This ridiculous, government supported scheme represents the shifting of the financing for new nuclear plants from the much-trumpeted original position of ‘no subsidies’ to the unavoidable reality of ‘transfer the cost to the public’. It includes picking up some of the financial risk for the inevitable overruns in costs that will occur from building Sizewell C. This is a bad deal for all consumers in the UK, in particular for the residents of east Suffolk.
Pete Wilkinson
TASC

Director's statement
“Those who champion nuclear energy view the world through an industry, the decline of which they refuse to acknowledge. The revolution of renewables underway in our societies is seen as an attack. They stubbornly maintain that nuclear power generates safer and cheaper electricity than all the other energy sources… Our film strives to demonstrate that not only is this argument wrong, but that it is concealing a disastrous financial reality: the bill that future generations will have to pay due to nuclear power is colossal. Each nuclear disaster (Chernobyl, Fukushima), by increasing the obligation for new safety measures, sends costs spiralling and results in the construction of prototypes such as the EPR, which is exorbitant and so technologically complicated that many engineers are now saying that it will never work.”
Patrick Benquet
 
For the last 50 years, France has generated 75% of its electricity through nuclear power – the only country in the world to do so. This dependence is now sending the state-owned company EDF towards bankruptcy. The new French EPR reactor has experienced many completion delays in Flamanville, France, and in Finland. The costs keep on rising and France is now spending tens of billions in a bid to master this excessively complex technology. So why has France approved the construction of two more EPRs in the UK at Hinkley Point despite fierce opposition even within EDF? An increasing number of countries are phasing out nuclear power, we still do not know how to decommission plants at the end of their lifespan and the cost of renewables is constantly falling. France is finding itself increasingly isolated in its pro-nuclear choices. These choices weigh very heavily on the State’s budget and mean that France is lagging extremely behind in the energy transition. Who will pay the bill for nuclear energy?
 
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