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On the day The Weekly Standard was informing American conservative audiences that nuclear energy represents “nuclear socialism.”

Britain’s liberal energy minister reversed his long-standing opposition to nuclear and announced plans for eight new reactors. He also simultaneously cancelled a gargantuan plan to harness tidal energy on the River Severn – for environmental reasons.
 â€¨"I’m fed up with the stand-off between advocates of renewables and of nuclear which means we have neither," said energy minister Chris Huhne, in a statement that should reverberate across the Atlantic as well. A liberal who has been given the energy portfolio in David Cameron’s conservative government, Huhne had previously opposed nuclear but now says he was only against it if it required extensive government subsidies. 

“’We’ll need renewables, new nuclear, fossil fuels with carbon capture and storage, and the cables to hook them all up to the Grid as a large slice of our current generating capacity shuts down,” said Huhne. “The market needs certainty to make this investment happen, and we are determined to clear every obstacle in the way of this program. I am making clear that new nuclear will be free to contribute as much as possible with the onus on developers to pay for the clean-up.

As for the tidal project, the government had proposed building three large barrages in the Severn’s tidal estuary, along with two “innovative” lagoon-type projects. As with so many “green” efforts, however, the project seemed much less benign once its scale became apparent. It was opposed by – who else? – environmentalist activists who argued that it would destroy the winter feeding grounds of 65,000 migrating birds.

Read more about it at the Daily Mail


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