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UK 'complacent' on nuclear future

 
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PostPosted: Tue Nov 22, 2011 10:12 am    Post subject: UK 'complacent' on nuclear future Reply with quote

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The UK government's lack of strategy on nuclear research threatens long-term electricity plans, says the House of Lords Science and Technology Committee.

The "complacent" UK invests far less in research than other nations, creating a skills gap and making the country a "niche player", its report concludes.

The committee says the current reactor programme is unlikely to be affected.

The government said nuclear energy would continue to be vital to UK energy security and reducing emissions.

On extending nuclear plans to meet 2050 climate targets, chairman of the committee, Lord Krebs, said "there isn't a credible Plan A".

“It's not the case that you can buy something off the shelf without having the capacity to understand what it is you're buying”

"It is though we're setting off on a long journey without a map, without a driver, and without anyone to fix the car if things go wrong," he told reporters at a briefing in London.


http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/science-environment-15816823
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PostPosted: Tue Nov 22, 2011 4:01 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

"It is though we're setting off on a long journey without a map, without a driver, and without anyone to fix the car if things go wrong,"

As a metaphor for getting into nuclear, that's spot-on. Except to add that you can see the aftermath of a few nasty RTAs as you drive along Sad
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