If you’re still looking for a costume for tonight, do not despair. Dispenser, your ultimate supplier of unrequired wisdom, has an answer for you: the British nuclear scientist.
Since you most probably live in England, you are aware that the Government has recently reached an agreement with the French company EDF to build a new nuclear power plant in Somerset, called Hinkley Point C.
This seems to be part of a broader Governmental plan to enhance atomic power resources in the country, a sort of New-Deal for nuclear nostalgic post-Fukushima. Meanwhile in Europe, member countries are gradually dismantling their reactors and switching to other sources of power, like wind, solar and hydroelectric. Germany, which is bigger than UK by population and geographic area, is steadily phasing out its nuclear plants to adopt a more linear path towards renewables.
But I see what you are saying: switching to your hippy-go-green windmill is going to be costly. Let me tell you something.
From November 23rd your electricity bill will be 10.5% more expensive than last month and, while UK utilities are performing much better on the stock market compared to their counterparts in Europe, energy prices in Britain have increased of around 28% over the last 4 years vis-à-vis 8% on the other side of the English channel.
A guy even took pen and paper and started doing some math. Do you know what he found out? That in a year or so the price of power in UK will be something like 85% more expensive than in Germany.
And do you know the reason? The German advanced renewable energy program is keeping the prices down – and it can be easily replicated (with less mistakes) in the UK as well.
So now off you go, to your Halloween party! Go scare the hell out of your friends, threatening their existence on this very earth as a British nuclear scientist – and don’t forget to ask them money: you’re not going to build a nuclear plant with a simple smile.