Britain has approved a new generation of nuclear power stations, ending years of uncertainty over the government’s energy plans. The ruling Labour Party says there will be no limits on expansion to avoid an overdependence on imported energy.
Announcing the measure, Energy Secretary John Hutton also told parliament that Britain must stick with nuclear power to help meet its climate change goals. “And it was interesting also, the view (expressed by) Patrick Moore, one of the co-founders of Greenpeace, who said in the Washington Post in April 2006, that nuclear power could make a very decisive and important contribution to save the world from a very serious threat we are facing: the climate change,” he said.
Nuclear operators say they could have new plants running in Britain by 2017, which would help the government meet its 2020 goals for cutting carbon emissions to fight climate change.