Monday, 21 October 2013

The Nuclear Deal

Q: Why do we so desperately need new power stations?
A: Because Labour calculated that the blackouts wouldn't happen on their watch, and new power stations aren't popular and nuclear ones especially so. Therefore Labour, despite advice, only gave the go-ahead for renewables.
Q: Why do we need the French and Chinese to build our power stations?
A: Because Labour shut down a successful domestic nuclear industry in 2002.
Q: So isn't there a huge subsidy?
A: Yes, probably, but much less than offshore wind (though wind's guaranteed price is for a shorter time). A subsidy through a guaranteed price is likely to be cheaper than the Government bearing the risk of building costs, and may even be free (ish) if energy prices rise in line with inflation as expected.

Prediction, Labour will have a field day pointing out the "expensive" energy procured by the Government, then will not change anything, or indeed take any decisions at all about power stations, should they ever get into power again. Because Labour prefer being noisy sound-bite ranters than seriously dealing with the energy shortage to which the UK is extremely close.

Labour: Utterly irresponsible student union politicians. This is why they break the country every time they get power.



3 comments:

astarix said...

What you think the 2002 Energy Review has to do with it I've no idea - it recommended that nuclear be kept as an option if the private sector wanted it. But the removal of the CEGB by the Tories in the 90s meant that without a non-commercial operation to provide a long view, everyone dashed for gas and easy profit, leaving us where we are today. Labour are no more to blame than the Major government for wilful destruction of a system that worked and utter fucking absence of anything coherent from the Coalition.

Why is the taxpayer subsidising a 60-year-old technology? Because it's expensive to build through risk regulation. Poor show, but taking into account the importance of a diverse energy mix (not to mention a low-carbon one) perhaps necessary evil.

But all that taxpayer cash is going to foreign companies because all our nuclear assets have been sold off to the highest bidder - Sellafield, NDA decommissioning, running the current plants - all foreign owned or run by in most cases state-owned firms.

So why not have our own state-ish firm, play the long game, stop the brain drain? Heresy! We'll just employ other countries' state owned firms and offshore all that taxpayer cash. Even the renewables subsidy - set high to make nuclear look like bargain - will go to foreign owned firms because the Coalition prevaricated for so long that renewable engineering firms fucked off to Germany where they knew there was a market, and the potential for a reinvigorated turbine engineering industry in the north was ignored. Les trébles all round!

astarix said...

What you think the 2002 Energy Review has to do with it I've no idea - it recommended that nuclear be kept as an option if the private sector wanted it. But the removal of the CEGB by the Tories in the 90s meant that without a non-commercial operation to provide a long view, everyone dashed for gas and easy profit, leaving us where we are today. Labour are no more to blame than the Major government for wilful destruction of a system that worked and utter fucking absence of anything coherent from the Coalition.

Why is the taxpayer subsidising a 60-year-old technology? Because it's expensive to build through risk regulation. Poor show, but taking into account the importance of a diverse energy mix (not to mention a low-carbon one) perhaps necessary evil.

But all that taxpayer cash is going to foreign companies because all our nuclear assets have been sold off to the highest bidder - Sellafield, NDA decommissioning, running the current plants - all foreign owned or run by in most cases state-owned firms.

So why not have our own state-ish firm, play the long game, stop the brain drain? Heresy! We'll just employ other countries' state owned firms and offshore all that taxpayer cash. Even the renewables subsidy - set high to make nuclear look like bargain - will go to foreign owned firms because the Coalition prevaricated for so long that renewable engineering firms fucked off to Germany where they knew there was a market, and the potential for a reinvigorated turbine engineering industry in the north was ignored. Les trébles all round!

perdix said...

Why not have our own state-ish firm to play the long game? Because we don't,now,have the money. Labour just procrastinated avoiding any decisions which might prevent them being re-elected.

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