Former UK Energy Minister Makes Case For Nuclear
Brian Wilson, the UK’s former energy
minister, on 22nd August said that "the case for
resuming a nuclear energy programme in the UK is so
strong that the time is ripe to take the argument head-on".
Mr Wilson was replaced as energy minister last year,
although he continues to be a member of Britain’s
governing Labour Party, a member of parliament and is the
special representative on overseas trade of the prime
minister, Tony Blair.
His comments on 22nd August were part of an article Mr
Wilson wrote for a leading British Sunday newspaper, ‘The
Observer’, in which he said it was "a myth that
the world is turning its back on nuclear".
Mr Wilson said the UK government "has sought to
reconcile two positions that are almost certainly
irreconcilable". He added: "On the one hand, we
have signed up for Kyoto and taken a lead in arguing the
urgency of the climate change imperative. On the other,
we brought into government a generational prejudice
against nuclear power that evolved largely on the premise
that it is the other side of the coin that is nuclear
weapons… There might not have been a civil nuclear
industry had it not been a by-product of military
investment. But, while that is an interesting historical
and political fact, it is not a persuasive argument
against a present-day assessment of what nuclear power
has to offer.
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