Letter Prospect Union: Trying to explain support for civil nuclear energy through links to the defence industry fails for two key reasons (Why is the UK government so infatuated with nuclear power? theguardian.com, 29 March). Firstly there are strong arguments for a new generation of nuclear power stations. They are a low-carbon source of electricity which should remain an important part of our future energy mix alongside renewables. Unlike renewables, they provide fully predictable, always-on power which will always be needed as part of our energy mix. Batteries may help bridge this gap, but they are an as yet unproven technology, unlike nuclear which has been supplying electricity in the UK since the 1950s. Secondly, if a new generation of nuclear power stations was really essential for the defence industry, unions like mine, which represent members in both the nuclear and defence industries would not be shy about talking about this. Nuclear-powered submarines are deployed by the UK with both conventional and nuclear weapons, both of which command widespread support from the public in an increasingly uncertain world. If we want to meet our climate change obligations and keep our energy supply secure, Britain needs a debate about our future energy policy based on facts not speculation.
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