UK puts nuclear power on the agenda

Blair launches no-holds barred energy policy review as petroleum production era draws to a close

UK prime minister Tony Blair yesterday threatened an explosive row over possible new nuclear power capacity as he launched the country's first comprehensive energy review for 20 years.

The review is aimed at juggling long-term British energy security with the need to continue cutting greenhouse gas emissions against a picture of dwindling domestic oil and gas production. The UK has been a big net petroleum exporter, but is set to become a net importer again within the next decade.

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