Why we should oppose nuclear power. Boris Johnson just recites ad nauseam the common myth that the renewables will be unable to supply all our electricity needs, writes Dr Ian Fairlie. In the coming weeks, he is expected to approve a major new nuclear power station at Sizewell in Suffolk. This government seems to have an unwavering commitment to making the wrong calls, and more support for nuclear power is now the next item on the long list of its failures. There are many options available to decarbonise the grid and meet Britain’s energy needs, but the Prime Minister has chosen to stick with the most expensive option: nuclear. He has ignored advice to the contrary from many advisors, including the Oxford energy expert Dieter Helm, the World Bank, the Office for Budget Responsibility, and the National Audit Office. He has also ignored the fact that several large multinationals including Hitachi, Westinghouse, Toshiba and Siemens have abandoned nuclear on the grounds that it is overly expensive and uncompetitive compared with renewables such as wind, solar, biofuels, and hydro power. The reality of the matter is that we are in the midst of a technological revolution that encompasses new forms of renewable energy, new ways of managing the Grid, new methods of energy storage and new ways of energy conservation.
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The UK government has just announced its “Ten Point Plan for a Green Industrial Revolution”, in which it lays out a vision for the future of energy, transport and nature in the UK. As researchers into nuclear energy, my colleagues and I were pleased to see the plan is rather favourable to new nuclear power. It follows the advice from the UK’s Nuclear Innovation and Research Advisory Board, pledging to pursue large power plants based on current technology, and following that up with financial support for two further waves of reactor technology (“small” and “advanced” modular reactors). This support is an important part of the plan to reach net zero emissions by 2050, as in the years to come nuclear power will be crucial to decarbonising not just the electricity supply but the whole of society.
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