Chancellor encouraged to push for nuclear

A pro-nuclear pressure group has written to Chancellor George Osborne to urge him to focus on delivering nuclear power over renewables. Sir William McAlpine, chairman of the pressure group Supporters […]

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By Tom Gibson

A pro-nuclear pressure group has written to Chancellor George Osborne to urge him to focus on delivering nuclear power over renewables.

Sir William McAlpine, chairman of the pressure group Supporters of Nuclear Energy (SONE) said present energy policy was bad for consumers and industry: “The sheer disparity between the cost of other sources- especially offshore wind- and nuclear is startling when nuclear can reasonably be claimed to provide security of low carbon supply at affordable cost. We suggest this shows that reform of energy policy has a long way to go before it is in a position to achieve its declared objective.”

Back at the Conservative Party Conference in October Mr Osborne promised Britain should resolve “to cut our carbon emissions no slower but also no faster than our fellow countries in Europe”, which many have seen as unfavourable toward green technologies.

Sir William continued: “We regard current energy policy as an imposition on both consumers and industry and commerce. More importantly, it does not give value for money. In fact, it is failing in all its objectives.”