Britain to decide on nuclear power by summer

Environmentalists protest as Blair launches review of medium and long-term energy policies

Britain's government will decide by next summer whether to "facilitate" a new generation of nuclear power stations, Tony Blair announced on Tuesday. The prime minister launched a review of medium and long-term energy policy, that he said would specifically consider the nuclear issue. Renewables alone cannot replace all nuclear and coal capacity due to be decommissioned by 2020, he said. Citing climate change and threats to energy supplies, Mr Blair said he sensed "feverish rethinking" of energy policy going on around the world. See press release.

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