- "Britain's energy security will be put at risk and future generations left to suffer with higher bills if ministers fail to agree a deal with EDF Energy"
- "With the possible exception of the defence of the realm, it is hard to think of an issue more critical to any government than ensuring the future of the nation’s energy supply"
- "Hitachi is increasingly reluctant to build Britain's next wave of nuclear reactors and may pull out of its deal with the Government unless terms are improved, with devastating effects on UK energy policy"
We may hope that the FT's Nick Butler has got it right when he says that the government has, at long last, realised there is no hurry whatsoever on our side of this - and not before time. For those who haven't signed up to FT blogs, here's the salient passage:
"The range of options available means that new nuclear is not essential. It may be desirable as part of a diverse mix but not at any price. If Centrica can walk away so can the UK taxpayer. The important clarity emerging from the last few weeks is that the government has understood that there is no need to rush. New nuclear could not come onstream before 2020 at the earliest and therefore cannot assist with the medium term challenge. The overall approach is to be business like and pragmatic."Sounds good to me.
update: even Pesto's on it now