This morning it looks like the governments controversial decision to build more nuclear power plants will be announced. Of course we can expect a large amount of complaints from environmentalists. However I’m reminded of Ian James comments on the subject earlier in the year that people tend to place more weight on the very small chance of a catastrophic disaster with nuclear power, as opposed to the much more massive death toll that will result from a continued reliance on pollution producing fuels such as coal and gas. Of course increasing renewables is encountering problems too with ongoing campaigns against renewable schemes over visual impact. Of course ultimately what we need to be doing is trying to use less electricity, rather than trying to generate more and more to keep up with our usage.