The British government's chief scientific advisor today called for new nuclear power stations, contradicting a major official UK energy policy review published just weeks ago. This recommended treating nuclear as a fall-back option in case renewables growth or energy efficiency improvements fell short of expectations (EED 14/02/02).
Interviewed on national radio, David King said that, even if the share of electricity produced by renewables were to reach 20% by 2020, as recommended in the official review, carbon dioxide emissions would still be "left in standstill" due to planned closure of most of Britain's existing nuclear capacity.
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