Owen Paterson, the former environment secretary, said small nuclear reactors built 20 miles from cities can be good alternative to putting up a number of additional wind turbines. Responding to the proposal, small nuclear reactors can help Britain to meet its emission targets.
Paterson feels that government targets aimed to bring a decline in the emission of gases linked to climate change are ‘utterly implausible’. He will be delivering a speech today in London to the Global Warming Policy Foundation. The foundation is not in favour of a majority of the UK government policies meant to handle climate change.
In his speech, Paterson will argue that target in the Climate Change Act of reducing emissions by 80% by 2050 will bring a considerable rise in the energy bills. As per the extracts of the speech released by his office, Paterson will argue that the 2050 target requires quite a hefty investment and simply, it can be said that it will not happen.
He shared his views that the policies to encourage onshore wind farms will cost £1.3 trillion by 2050. Wind turbines had destroyed landscapes, created frictions in communities, killed eagles and carpeted the countryside, affirmed Paterson.
Paterson, who was fired by Prime Minister David Cameron in July, will ask to focus on shale-gas extraction, combined heat and power plants, small nuclear reactors and better management of energy demand.
He strongly believes that the measures adopted by the government will raise energy prices for the poor. “We must be prepared to stand up to the bullies in the environmental movement and their subsidy-hungry allies”, said Paterson.
Paterson also criticized the current energy policy and termed them to be a ‘slave to flowed climate action’. As per him, the policy will not bring a sufficient decline in emissions and, would not provide the energy needed by the country.