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Labour pains

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Having read your article on the energy minister Mike O'Brien in NCE 7 October (Energy minister says no to nuclear power) I am afraid I will not be voting labour if he has slammed the door on nuclear power.

All this 'sustainable energy' from wind, solar, ocean etc is a great idea, BUT it is not really sustainable - is it? On that freezing Christmas night when power demand is at its peak, will all the small 5kW micro supplies or wind turbines be able to cope? Turn on the kettle and the microwave and that's 5kW alone, never mind the TV and lights on top!

We will get blackouts like America suffered recently and which we have allegedly also been on the brink of in UK. Can you imagine being without electricity? Almost any thing else, yes, but not electricity.

Nuclear power is now 10 times more efficient than it used to be and considerably safer. To have a small number of centralised power supplies rather than thousands of little add-ins (maintenance nightmare) must make sense. I would love to see some wholelife cost comparisons on the rationale behind so-called 'sustainable energy' versus nuclear power. Have they actually been done or is the 'sustainable' word too much in vogue to make people think rationally?

With oil and gas fast running out and CO 2emissions driving down the acceptability of coal as well, we need something robust like nuclear power that is going to keep us going until the real sustainable energy solution is found. Or do you fancy a dark Christmas. Mr O'Brien?

Mick Smythe M_smythe@lycos.co.uk

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