Submerged politics of UK nuclear power: is Trident renewal influencing UK energy policy?

Johnstone, Philip and Stirling, Andrew (2016) Submerged politics of UK nuclear power: is Trident renewal influencing UK energy policy? NGLI Spokesman.

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Abstract

With Parliament now getting ready to vote on the ‘main gate’ decision on renewal of the Trident programme, 2016 is set to be a decisive year for the future of UK nuclear weapons capabilities. Political opposition has grown in Parliament, with both the Scottish National Party (SNP) and Labour leaderships now opposed to Trident renewal. At a lifetime cost variously estimated between £31 Billion and over £100 billion, the political and economic stakes are very high. Debate is becoming increasingly heated over the practicalities, costs, ethical and strategic implications. Many of these arguments are covered extensively elsewhere, and are not repeated here. Instead, this article looks at another possible implication of Trident renewal which has remained almost completely ‘under the radar’ of contemporary policy and academic debate. This concerns the recent history of the UK civil nuclear power industry, which also involves remarkably similar stories of delays, cost overruns, questions of necessity and performance, and critical comparisons with strategies in other countries and arguments for superior alternatives.

Item Type: Article
Schools and Departments: School of Business, Management and Economics > SPRU - Science Policy Research Unit
Depositing User: Andrew Stirling
Date Deposited: 06 Dec 2016 09:02
Last Modified: 08 Mar 2017 06:41
URI: http://sro.sussex.ac.uk/id/eprint/65604

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