There will of course be those screaming blue murder

Ed Miliband, the Energy and Climate Change Secretary, will give the go-ahead for a new generation of power stations and explain how new planning guidelines will speed up the time it takes for them to come into operation.

Those doing the screaming will of course be exactly the same people who insist that the planning rules should/have been changed to allow wind farms to be pushed through.

Sauces, geese and ganders come to mind.

Very much the same as the argument over subsidies. We all know that fossil fuels remain, without accounting for externalities, the cheapest forms of energy generation. Thus the development of any alternative system will depend upon taxes/subsidies.

But there are those who are vociferous about the subsidies nuclear will require (amounting, in the words of one energy company, to a minimum carbon price of £30 or so per tonne CO2-e) while remaining very quiet indeed about the costs of solar PV subsidies. (on hte German model, around $1,000 per tonne CO2-e).

Gooses and ganders again, eh?

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