The government has given the go ahead for a new £18bn nuclear power station in the UK after imposing “significant new safeguards” to protect national security.
The new plant at Hinkley Point in Somerset is being financed by the French and the Chinese.
In exchange, China wants to use its design for new UK nuclear stations.
The Chinese welcomed the decision, saying they were not concerned about new rules on future projects.
Jean-Bernard Lévy, group chief executive of French firm EDF, which is building the plant, said: “The decision of the British Government to approve the construction of Hinkley Point C marks the relaunch of nuclear in Europe.”
I’d rather nuclear than fracking but can’t see why it can’t be a bit of all of them – coal, wind [built properly], hydraulic, solar, nuclear, fracking.Spread it out.
That’s not really the issue here. The issue is whether this is another dud Westminster force-through, aimed to give the Chinese a toe-in … and as for the French!
Significant is that the main leftwing criticism is against nuclear itself, rather than our pollies and the bureaucratic balls-up, not to mention giving our energy control away.
On the other hand, it’s all investment in the UK.
… but they can be built well, just not by this lot. But whatever it was – renewables to coal – if it was done today, it would be done badly.