As someone until last month involved with a renewables company, he would say that, wouldn’t he? The green jobs claim may also be over-optimistic, if Scotland’s experience is anything to go by.
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Ed Davey, who approved a nuclear plant in 2013, says the “economic case” is no longer there, reports BBC News.
Instead the new Liberal Democrat leader argues the government should invest more in renewable energy to help boost the economy.
“The economic case for nuclear power is not there any more,” said Mr Davey.
Energy firm EDF, which is behind the £20bn proposals, said the plant on the Suffolk coast would deliver low-carbon electricity.
Mr Davey, energy minister during the 2010-15 coalition government, approved plans for a new nuclear plant at Hinkley Point in 2013 and secured Chinese investment for the site on the Somerset coast.
At the time he described it as “a milestone on the road to decarbonisation”.
But now he said: “The cost of offshore wind energy has fallen dramatically and renewables are cheaper than nuclear.
“We can build them locally, we don’t need Chinese investment. Let’s tap into this energy source that we control, that is clean, green and that creates green jobs in the region.”
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September 27, 2020 at 04:36AM