It is still uncertain what will happen to the Japanese nuclear power stations damaged by the recent tsunami. There is anxiety at the possibility of a core meltdown. At the time of writing this seems unlikely, though there has been radioactive material released to the atmosphere, and local populations have been moved away.
The three principal options for our power supply are:
COAL, NUCLEAR, and GAS.
Our unsuccessful wind turbine programme provides very little energy.
Activists in the green movement have already used the Japanese tsunami to make disparaging comments about the safety of nuclear power.
Unelected pressure groups, no matter how well-meaning, must must not be allowed to prevent or slow down the building of the new power stations which we need so badly.
Chris Huhne, the Energy Secretary, has shifted goverment policy towards a better energy balance with a prominent role for nuclear. This is what the country needs.
N.D., 16 Mar 11
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