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Cllr Rosemary Sexton
Green Party councillor, Shirley West. Spokesperson health & adult social care. Likes evidence-based policy. Dislikes health inequality. PhD not MD!
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Stephen 5h
This is the other key point. Total energy demand >> current electricity demand. We need to decarbonise everything from transport, to domestic gas supply, to construction. Renewables alone can't do that even in principle.
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Jo Maugham QC 10h
Enormous respect for . But a (predictable) consequence of Labour turning an expedient blind eye to serious breaches of electoral law during the referendum is that breaches now carry no political cost. All political incentive to comply is gone.
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James Mulholland QC 21h
12 out of 15 courts at Southwark Crown Court are not sitting during the entire week of 19/8. Prosecutions are at their lowest level since statistics began. You don’t stop criminals with rhetoric but by supplying the necessary funding to ensure they are tried in court & convicted.
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YoungMinds 11h
MENTAL HEALTH SURVEY We’ve launched a new survey for children and young people under 25 who have looked for mental health support in the UK. We will use the results to help us launch a major new campaign. Please take part or share with people you know.
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Cllr Rosemary Sexton 7h
I haven't yet had time to go through it in detail yet, no. I'll add it to my list to study; but as points out it's only one report amongst many. There very much *is* a debate about this & trying to shut that debate down by claiming there isn't one is concerning.
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Cllr Rosemary Sexton 9h
Yes. The problem of how to get people to support that is another one we don't have an evidence based solution to.
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Cllr Rosemary Sexton 9h
Yes. It's a bit like objecting to hospitals because of the PFI deals.
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Cllr Rosemary Sexton 9h
Appreciate the clarification, and I'm not doubting your expertise. I would love to get a group of knowledgeable folk around a table to discuss this in more detail. My position is that we shouldn't rule out nuclear - but we should go with whatever is the best overall solution.
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Cllr Rosemary Sexton 9h
Replying to @sjk_42
Thanks Stephen. I appreciate you stopping by to contribute your expertise. (I still don't really think of myself as a politician though... perhaps that's a good thing!)
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Cllr Rosemary Sexton 10h
... but we are (rightly) critical when climate change deniers cherry pick the evidence to fit their beliefs, so we should be careful that we are not falling into the same trap.
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Cllr Rosemary Sexton 10h
My position is that we shouldn't rule out nuclear on *ideological* grounds. I'm not qualified to decide on best practical solution - that's a question that I'd like to see addressed by climate scientists & engineers. I'd be delighted with a 100% renewable solution if feasible...
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Cllr Rosemary Sexton 10h
If true, that would be great - but I would like to see more data to back that up, and the views of scientists and engineers on its feasibility. That's going to require more detail than is possible in a tweet!
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Cllr Rosemary Sexton 10h
I've been very clear that my position on this differs from GP policy. This is a trench that I'm prepared to die in (metaphorically, I hope) as I believe our civilization depends on us getting this right. Unless you live in Solihull, though, nobody is asking you to vote for me 😉
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Cllr Rosemary Sexton 10h
I am not pro-nuclear; I'm pro-evidence. At the moment, I think that points to a need for new nuclear; the most informed people I know on the subject seem to share this view. I would be happy change my position if the evidence changes.
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Cllr Rosemary Sexton 19h
100% renewable energy sounds great in principle, but I've seen nothing that convinces me this is feasible within the time frame we have to solve the problem. The majority of climate scientists seem to agree.
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Cllr Rosemary Sexton 19h
Surely the only relevant question is "what does evidence suggest to be the safest option?". Not much is totally risk free; but my understanding is that nuclear is orders of magnitude safer than continuing to use fossil fuels.
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Caroline Lucas Aug 15
The NHS desperately needs more nurses Government said its withdrawal of student nurses’ bursary would increase numbers Instead they’ve fallen sharply The bursary needs to be restored
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Stephen Aug 15
As a final note, I'd recommend "Sustainable Energy Without the Hot Air" by Prof David MacKay to learn more. It's free to download as a pdf, and is a fantastic introduction to the theoretical limits of what we can / can't do to balance the UK's energy budget. (6/6. End.)
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Cllr Rosemary Sexton Aug 15
Replying to @Teige_MP @jon_bartley
If I've understood correctly - under normal circumstances that would result in a GE - but if article 50 isn't extended first, that will result in crashing out without a deal. Hence the need to have the ducks in a row beforehand.
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Cllr Rosemary Sexton Aug 15
I am not an expert & don't consider myself qualified to make that assessment; however my understanding is that majority of climate scientists consider nuclear to be necessary part of a successful mitigation strategy. or may be able to give more detail.
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