Friday, 16 January 2009

The price of a non-nuclear policy

Anglesey Aluminium's smelting capability will almost certainly close. This is a result of a decision on Wylfa nuclear power station being delayed beyond the time when work on a replacement could start, in order to be ready to take over seamlessly when Wylfa comes to the end of its safe working life.

It may be that proponents of a non-nuclear policy were aware that 500 jobs in a high-unemployment area depended on the continuous supply which the nuclear facility gave (though one suspects that some still believe that a few wind turbines will satisfy the need). If so, they should have been honest and upfront about it. This applies to Plaid and my own party, but more especially to Labour who have, after all, been in government in Wales and Westminster since 1997.

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