Hinkley Point: Do You Agree With Nuclear Power Stations in the UK?

By Aatif Sulleyman on at

The big thing on Twitter this morning isn’t a celebrity death or mindless violence, but Hinkley Point C, the £18 billion Somerset nuclear plant that’s expected to gain final approval from EDF later today.

It’s set to become the first new nuclear plant to be built in the UK in 20 years, and will be the biggest construction site in Europe when work gets underway, reportedly opening up 25,000 jobs. It’s being claimed that 7% of the UK’s electricity will be delivered by Hinkley Point C, and EDF’s UK boss reckons it will be ready to start providing power before the end of 2017.

However, nuclear has and always will be a dirty word for many, and the project has more than its fair share of critics (not least because it’s largely being financed by the French and the Chinese).

So we want to know which side of the controversy you stand on. Are Hinkley Point C and nuclear power good for the UK, or should we be pushing other types of energy, such as wind and solar? With gas prices also falling, is this just poor timing?

Let us know your thoughts in the comments section below, so we can try to avoid pissing you all off too much with future headlines. [BBC]