Britain's gas and electricity supplies could be at the mercy of unstable governments or politically motivated investors unless the UK achieves energy independence, John Hutton, the Business and Enterprise Secretary, has warned.
In a major speech yesterday, Mr Hutton laid bare why he thinks Britain must overhaul its energy industry to ensure security of future needs.
The speech comes just weeks before the Government is due to announce whether to give the go-ahead for a programme to build new nuclear power stations.
Although Mr Hutton said no final decision had been made, the tone of his speech suggests he is starting to lay the groundwork for what will be a controversial announcement that Britain is to become more dependent on nuclear power for its energy needs.
Mr Hutton said: "Climate change and soaring energy demand are combining to create a perfect storm during the next half century. A storm in which access to secure and competitively priced energy is like to become the major political headache in capitals across the world. Read More