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Reality bites

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I think your view about appropriate future primary power sources would carry much more weight if it could be put into context.

Our present peak rate of electricity consumption in the UK is, I believe, around 65GW. How do you see this fi gure changing by demand reduction and what necessary societal changes would bring this about- How then will the necessary supply be provided every day by the range of generation options you propose?

This lack of reality by those who are antipathetic to nuclear energy is preventing the wider acceptance of their view, which appears to many to be no more than a wide-eyed belief and not a proposition having 'real life' practicality. Their dismissive attitude to the down-side of generation alternatives is not helpful - can these alternatives really provide your 'all-encompassing energy panacea'?

This is a vital debate but, as more information becomes available, it seems to be becoming less and less wellinformed.

Andrew J S Herbert (M), 52 Broad Oaks Way, Bromley, Kent, BR2 0UB

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