Harness green power by building barrage
The announcement that the French would build a nuclear power station, funded by the Chinese, on a stretch of land in Somerset provided by the British, was the last straw in the British coffin of pride.
Britain, that once led the world in power generation technology, now no longer does so. Too much money into the wrong pockets and not enough into research and development or alternatives. The Prime Minister says, "It shows Britain is open for business".
Actually, Britain cannot fend for itself and the Government is prepared to place our energy needs into the hands of others with debatable political agendas.
Nuclear waste will be stored in Somerset when we already have enough to fill the Albert Hall 11 times. I vividly remember Chernobyl and Fukajima and we have "no known evacuation scheme" should something go wrong.
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Further misuse of taxpayers' money are the speculative actions of those surplanting inefficient wind and solar panel farms on valuable grazing land and "fracking", that intrusive 24/7 noisy, water consuming, toxic form of energy generation to be foisted on Somerset that has tourism as its number one industry.
More than 2,000 boreholes on just three concessions. Already at Keynsham, Ston Easton and Compton Martin. This results from a lack of preparedness by the Government.
There is a solution – hydro electric power. The billions to be wasted on HS2 to cut 20 minutes off a journey to the Midlands should be invested in a barrage across the Severn. That would use British technology and employ thousands of workers and provide three times the electricity of Hinkley by a method that is carbon free, clean, reliable, constant and free from the dangers of world politics.
Two tides a day plus numerous other estuaries and inland lakes could also be utilised to provide Britain with home-produced energy. Look at Norway to see how successful hydro is to their national economy and the wellbeing of their citizens.
The Street, Farmborough