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Topic Title: UK Energy Policy Debate - New Thinking Blog
Topic Summary: British energy policy: descending to a combination of pork barrel politics and desperation?
Created On: 11 May 2013 11:27 AM
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 11 May 2013 11:27 AM
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I have just read an article by Catherine Mitchell on the Exeter University IGov site.

"New Thinking Blog: British energy policy: descending to a combination of pork barrel politics and desperation?"

The most important paragraph comes at the end.

" Freeing up Britain to Innovate

Britain is gearing up to think about its plutonium management, just at a time when the Government's faltering nuclear power programme could do with some more support. One option might be to inject further support into the Sellafield nuclear complex thereby potentially (although unlikely) helping to meet both objectives. However, this comes at a cost to society way beyond the short-term direct costs. The Government has got to realise that global energy systems and technologies are developing rapidly and their characteristics are about flexibility, the opposite of plutonium and uranium based technologies. The continued focus on nuclear power and its associated technologies increasingly appears anachronistic, particularly if that energy policy is muddled with powerful regional and defence policies and lobbies."

The most important point here is not exactly what Catherine Mitchell actually says in her article and how it might be said better or with a different emphasis; the most important point is in fact the underlying sentiment that she has chosen to express - a very strong desire to challenge the establishment position on energy, in particular nuclear energy, to encourage people to look for something better.

James Arathoon

James Arathoon

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