New pro-nuclear voice heard in UK

Government's chief scientific advisor urges new build at least to replace existing capacity

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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