Originally Posted by AndrewH
IMHO diversity is the key - if we have to have a few nuclear plants then lets keep the number to a minimum, but I accept they may have a place. We've also got a bunch of fossil fuel stations - again not ideal, but so be it. However if we can continually add into the mix a bunch of different renewables (wind, solar, tidal etc) then over time we may well reduce our need for the less pleasant options. All the greener options have their limitations but so do the current generation methods - its just that the problems are different.
. Large scale nuclear only makes commercial sense if either:
1. You subscribe to the theory that nuclear contamination is harmless, it's all a conspiracy spread by Greenpeace types, or
2. The taxpayer picks up the tab for the clean up, currently some £70bn+ for the existing stations alone.
Thatcher was a big fan of nuclear power, then quietly dropped it. I wonder why...
Change brings new challenges, just like (for example) the move from town gas to natural gas did. The key is investment and good engineering and science (something we still have in this country) to meet the challenges.