UK Tries To Reclassify Nuclear Power As Renewable Energy

The UK’s energy policy has been a political tangle for years. Issues around the MOX plant and Sellafield frequently involve politics, accusations of favors for industry and leaks to the press.

In a new twist it was leaked to the press that there is a plan to try to reclassify nuclear power as a “renewable energy source”. This would put nuclear power on par with renewable energy in the UK for subsidies and climate change credits. One look at the historical mess at Sellafield makes the idea of “renewable” nuclear quite laughable.  More on Sellafield’s history here.

The Guardian digs deeper into the political games at play in this push to try to knock out renewables in favor of nuclear. It is a mix of French pressure, pushes from existing energy industries and a good mix of good old politics.


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