Remember the comprehensive energy review (PDF) done by Tony Blair’s UK government about a month ago? The one that concluded that nuclear power is peachy, which coincidentally was a position Blair had been propounding for months beforehand?
Well, check this out:
Key consultants working on the government’s controversial energy review, which recommended a new generation of nuclear power stations, have strong links to the nuclear industry, The Observer can reveal.
Experts on both sides of the debate criticised the use of AEA Technology, formed by the privatisation of the Atomic Energy Authority, to handle hundreds of submissions to the review’s public consultation earlier this year. The company has sold most of its nuclear businesses, but still has a nuclear waste unit, and senior executives and staff have links to the old authority and other parts of the nuclear industry.
Critics claim objections to nuclear energy were ignored or misrepresented in AEA Technology’s report. However, The Observer can reveal that the report found nuclear power got by far the lowest support of 15 energy options. The revelations will add to widespread criticism that the review, published last month, was a ‘sham’, designed to push through nuclear energy because it was favoured by the Prime Minister.
Read the whole story. It’s not pretty.