what do we do about energy?

The government is reviewing the future energy needs of the country, and you'll possibly have heard the Prime Minister's take on the subject.  This is what he said about energy in its entirety:

By 2025, if current policy is unchanged, there will be a dramatic gap on our targets to reduce CO2 emissions; we will become heavily dependent on gas; and at the same time move from being 80/90%, self-reliant in gas to 80/90% dependent on foreign imports, mostly from the Middle East and Africa and Russia.

These facts put the replacement of nuclear power stations, a big push on renewables and a step-change on energy efficiency, engaging both business and consumers, back on the agenda with a vengeance. If we don't take these long-term decisions now, we will be committing a serious dereliction of our duty to the future of this country.

I'm quite a fan of renewables and helped get a commitment to mirco-generation into our manifesto for Lewisham, which I look forward to Steve delivering.  I also hope that we can build on the good work the council has done around sustainable energy use. 

But, while the local makes a difference to the global its clear that there are strategic decisions that will start to be made this year and the big sexy question is about the future of nuclear power. 

For those of us who haven't come to a definative position on this there's a very interesting blog being sponsored by the Institute of Physics:

The Institute of Physics has commissioned three talented writers to explore the issues on all sides of the debate about nuclear new-build in the UK.

Over the next ten weeks new posts will go up everyday as the writers gather evidence and get to grips with the complex arguments.

Further reading:

The role of nuclear power in a low carbon economy – Sustainable Developement Commission

Recent on the record briefings to journalists about the Prime Minister's views on nuclear energy can be found here, here, here, here, here, and here.

Our Nuclear Lifeline – James Lovelock

About Andrew Brown

I live in Lewisham, South East London, and spent 9 years as a Labour councillor in the borough between 1997 and 2006.
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