I had a very brief exchange with Dr Alan Knight of the Sustainable Development Commission today at the UK Aware 09 “Ideas for Greener Living” exhibition today at Olympia 2 in London.
“Why is the Government so fixated on Nuclear Energy ?”, I asked. “Nuclear Power accounts for just 5.2% of the UK’s total Energy supply, and the announcement of 11 new reactor sites is barely going to replace the 19 reactors going out of service by 2023. There’s no way that Nuclear can help in any way with Climate Change.”
Alan intimated in no uncertain terms that Sir David King was to blame for turning Gordon Brown on to Nuclear Power.
Is that the whole answer ? Can one establishment person, apparently acting as an industry stooge, affect the whole Government policy on Energy ?