Lots of uneducated FUD here
Okay, for all of you out there that are dead against nuclear, I ask you a question:
What will you use for reliable low carbon electricity generation in 10 years time?
Wind? Nope, can't rely on it 24/7 and it takes up a huge amount of space for a large (gigawatt) installation.
Tidal? Reliable, yes, but is the technology sufficiently advanced to build multi-gigawatt installations around the coast? And what about the environmental implications?
Solar? Erm, we live in the UK, not Spain. You'll get about 50-60% of what Spain can produce.
Hydro? Very reliable, but are we going to build new reservoirs? No, Greenpeace and FOE won't let you.
Geothermal? Hmmm, how far will we have to drill and can you guarantee that there won't be any consequences when the high pressure steam 'lubricates' existing fault lines (see Blackpool Earthquakes and Fracking for more info).
Wave? Maybe, but is the technology mature enough for gigawatts of installations around the coast?
Nuclear? Yes, reliable base load generation with mature technologies. The risks are known, the environmental releases are (in the UK at least) heavily regulated, the operations of the plants have to be approved by the regulator and the cost of decommissioning the new plants is factored into the cost of electricity that they are going to produce.
Now, I'm not saying that any of the above shouldn't be implimented. What I'm saying is that we need a mix.
Wind is great when the wind is blowing, but the load factor is only 30% at best. So your 1GW installation over the course of a year, will only produce an average of 300MW.
What do you do for the other 700MW? Fire up a gas fired station.
The country, as LP rightly says, is going to become more and more heavily dependant on electricity. If they want to reduce the fossil fuel consumed in transport, then that means electric cars. How do they get the electricity for the cars? It has to be generated reliably.
One solution, to reduce the number of new installations required, will be for every home/office/building in the country to have solar panels and microgeneration wind turbines installed by law. However, the cost would be astronomical, and the NIMBYs would come out in force against it.
Face it, nuclear is the only, low carbon, high energy density, reliable base load generation option we have at the moment. It is needed and it is safe.
Have fun flaming, I'll answer any flames as best I can.