"Climate change is a priority and nuclear must be part of the answer," the nuclear chiefs' club said in a statement drafted by British Energy chief Peter Hollins. Even countries without their own nuclear plants such as Austria, Italy and Denmark "meet their commitments partly through importing nuclear power".
The council rejected claims that the nuclear industry was outdated. "This is a sustainable, sensible and supportable alternative to burning our environmental boats. It's not a threat from the past - it's the way forward," it said. It also claimed that the industry already covered its external costs, unlike fossil fuel burning. "It's time our tax systems recognised the real value" of this energy source, the council said.
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