There must be some grave reservations about nuclear power, not just on safety but on cost and time to get on stream. The Chinese are really good engineers and, no doubt, will do a great job. However, buying in does not do much for the British economy and the price paid is a depressing thought.
Many in the public area have reservations about shale gas. Much of that public view is misinformed – or just not informed at all because both government and the industry thought (naively) that the NIMBY’s would just get tired and go away. Shale could be done quickly and safely. Shale is the cleanest hydrocarbon burn. We, the British, have the best and safest drilling technology in the world. UK shale would dramatically cut our imports and do so quickly. Common sense says home-grown fuel has to be a no-brainer. So why do anything else?
The truth is that the UK economy is little short of bankrupt and shale would change all that.Shale will buy us time to develop not just renewables but sustainable renewables. Pity the government withdrew its support so abruptly, really.
Summary- do not do imported nuclear, do do shale and now, invest in sustainable renewables.