Out of Steam – UK nuclear programme stalled

Goerge Monbiot, in the Guardian 4 February 2013.

Is this the end? According to the Green MP Caroline Lucas, new nuclear power in this country has been “completely derailed”(1). She may not be wrong.

She was talking about the decision by Cumbria county council to reject the nuclear waste dump the government had planned(2). But she could just as well have been responding to the new report by a parliamentary committee, or to the declaration of surrender by Centrica: the last British company with a stake in the technology here. Put the three of them together and they add weight to the claims of those who maintain that atomic energy is finished in the UK. As I’ve spent much of the past two years defending it(3), this is a hard admission to make…

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