A guy from from Suffolk neatly summed up our national
energy strategy in a recent letter to the Daily Telegraph.
The privatisation of the electricity industry during the Thatcher
years was a huge mistake. Selling the industry
off cheaply and allowing the dash for gas gave a short-term gain
which has been more than wiped out by recent price increases.
The privatisation meant there was no national energy strategy.... The
careful planning of the Central Electricity Generating Board,
to ensure we had secure and diverse resources, has been replaced
by "make a fast buck and the devil take the future".
The other grave folly lying at the door of this administration is
the systematic destruction of what was left of the British nuclear
industry. The team that designed and built Sizewell B was highly
successful, and now is all gone. If we go for more nuclear
generation, it will have to be bought in from abroad...
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