Despite SNP protestations, the demise of ‘dirty’ coal power plants leaves us dependent on nuclear writes Scott Macnab How would an independent Scotland keep the lights on? The row over the multi-billion pound renewal of the Hinkley Point nuclear power station will have just as much impact on Scotland as the rest of the UK after a series of recent blows to Scotland’s energy industry. The disappearance of the Longannet and Cockenzie power plants has left the SNP regime ever more reliant on nuclear energy generation which it demonises. The renewables revolution is never likely to be enough to meet all of the country’s energy demands, particularly heat. Hinkley, despite the SNP’s qualms, will be as vital to keeping us in power as it is elsewhere in the UK.
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