"This is not cold weather for late November. There is no energy shortage. Domestic gas bills are the lowest in the EU. Electricity is 10% cheaper than in 1997. A few imprudent industries refused fixed prices to play the energy spot market, but squeal now the market is against them. They represent only 0.05% of industry, despite the CBI's Digby Jones crying wolf over yet another "government crisis"."
This time Polly Toynbee has turned her attention to nuclear power.
"Global warming is more dangerous than any other threat. Its progress is certain, its deadly effect already striking down the weakest. A few Chernobyls would do nothing like the damage caused by melting ice caps, flood and drought. Let's all agree on that, right? Nuclear power with low CO2 emissions is better than doing nothing."
"Get this clear: for all the waste and terrorist threats it produces, nuclear power, if it is maintained, will still only prevent 10% of the rise in our CO2 emissions because electricity represents a relatively small part of our total energy use. Yet it is discussed as if it were the only show in town, as if nothing else has to be done."
"the government has had to give the Nuclear Decommissioning Authority £56bn to clean up after existing nuclear plants. That wasted cash is more than enough to provide as much renewable energy as we could use, by anyone's sums."
"If the world is nuclear, all the money will go into that one technology. If the world is definitely not nuclear, then it makes it worth investing in a host of tidal, wind, solar, bio-mass, clean coal, carbon sequestration and micro home-generators. Any or all of them could employ millions and develop highly exportable new technologies."
I couldn't have put this any better or any more succinctly. Well done Polly.