Tony Lywood – Labour PPC for Copeland: This year’s Labour conference, starting in Brighton on Saturday, will take decisions covering key policy areas. Among the most important is the need to develop policies that help us to address the issue of climate change. Around half of the electricity generated in the UK is from burning fossil fuel. The other half is neatly divided between renewables and, to a slightly lesser extent, nuclear energy. Labour’s green industrial revolution intends to hasten the end of the burning of fossil fuels, which means that viable alternatives must be developed. Energy production from wind, tide, hydro and solar must be effectively harnessed to achieve our policy. But wind and solar have limitations, and we are currently unable to store large quantities of electricity. We need a ‘non-weather dependant’ source of reliable, proven electricity production. That vital part of our ‘energy mix’ can and should be provided by nuclear power as we strive to hit our ambitious carbon reduction targets.
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