Hinkley Point: Overwhelming majority of British public oppose decision to approve nuclear plant 

Posted: September 15, 2016 by oldbrew in government, Nuclear power, Politics

Hinkley Point C nuclear site [image credit: BBC]

Hinkley Point C nuclear site [image credit: BBC]

The Independent’s headline may be an exaggeration, but nuclear power is not popular in Britain at present. The illusion persists in some quarters that Britain could run almost entirely on wind power, which is very far from being technically or financially realistic.

Three out of four Britons oppose the Hinkley nuclear power project that has just been approved by the Government, according to a poll.

A quarter (25 per cent) of the 2,028 people surveyed in the Populus  poll, conducted on 7-8 September, said they supported Hinkley, while nearly half (44 per cent) oppose the plans.

The findings indicate a continuous decline in support for the project, following a previous poll in April this year that showed support was at 33 per cent, down from 57 per cent in 2013.

It comes as Theresa May announced the Government had approved the project, but with new security conditions on the £18 billion deal.

Full report: Hinkley Point: Overwhelming majority of British public oppose Theresa May’s decision to approve nuclear plant | The Independent

  1. Incompetent poll respondents. I’m shocked, shocked I tell you. (Half of the public is being, or have been, turned into Eloi.–tell them to re-read H.G. Wells’ “The Time Machine”.)

  2. ivan says:

    If they had said they oppose the EDF plan because it is over priced, over confident and the technology hasn’t been proved to work then they would be correct.

    EDF are almost broke and need the money from this, they also need some good PR to counter their Flamanville project fiasco.

  3. oldbrew says:

    If Sky News is any guide they are using convicted liar and former minister Chris Huhne as a PR man. Things must be bad 😦

    For an opposing view they had an EDF white collar union leader. Bizarre.

  4. p.g.sharrow says:

    The misinformed public thinks that renewables wind and solar will power their future. They will only be dis-based of this notion after spending a winter in the cold and dark. the Brexit win will get you some recognition to cry out about this future disaster. They won’t respond until it bites them in the rear but they will remember your words.

    The EDF plan is a poor one and should be dropped, but long term, Nuclear power is the only real solution to the problem of DEPENDABLE electrical power.

    Fission power plants is a mature technology. No need to reinvent the wheel with a giant, EXPENSIVE, one of experiment, that rate payers will be saddled with for the next 50 years.

    Time to consider a National Energy System that will insure dependable, inexpensive power is available to both the people and the wealth creators of industry…pg

  5. gallopingcamel says:

    I was hoping my countrymen would make good use of BREXIT by rejecting the loony Eurozone energy policies.

    Apparently nobody cares that electricity prices will keep on rising absent fracking and nuclear power plants.

  6. gallopingcamel says:

    Here in Florida where the sun shines stronger, the future growth of our electrical capacity does not include significant contributions from wind or solar.

    As an Florida Power & Light customer I pay $0.10/kVAh. I was agreeably surprised by the company’s latest ten year plan which makes significant investments in two of their four “Old Nukes” all of which have received 20 year license extensions promising cheap electricity for many years to come. Two “New Nukes”, Westinghouse AP1000s, known as “Turkey Point 6 &7” are planned for around 2022. Solar only contributes 0.16% of the total power generated as no new investments are included:

    I am thankful to the UK, Denmark, Spain and Germany for demonstrating the futility of wind and solar so we don’t have to make the same foolish mistakes.

  7. I’m sure the fall in support is a result of the growing realisation that it’s so damn expensive. I also doubt that the Chinese involvement has helped to popularise it in some quarters.

  8. oldbrew says:

    Much cheaper and proven nuclear alternatives are available as the UK government well knows.

  9. tchannon says:

    English govermment knows? Very very unlikely. The civil service are involved.

    I’m mindful to write a broadside article blasting the game, nothing directly to do with nuclear power… We shall see. 🙂

  10. Graeme No.3 says:

    Government by press release?
    Look, we are doing something, and we hope that there will be no blackout before we have retired (with non-refundable pension).

  11. tallbloke says: