A Future for Nuclear Power?

Does nuclear energy have a future or is it a technology of the past? Theo Leggett visits a power station in the UK, the first country to commercialise nuclear power in the 1950s and 60s, and counts the cost of decommissioning old nuclear reactors - a jobs that is now just beginning. Dr Paul Dorfman from the Energy Institute at University College London tells us why the vast costs involved in nuclear power make talk of a revival in the industry premature, both in the UK and in Europe. And Professor Lucas Davis from the University of California, Berkeley, explains why the election of Donald Trump is unlikely to provide a boost to a flagging nuclear industry in the US.

(Photo: Grafenrheinfeld nuclear power plant in Germany, Credit: Getty Images)

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Wed 21 Dec 2016 19:06 GMT

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