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Wind's opponents given chance to put their case in a debate

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Nuclear offers no quick fix for reducing carbon emissions, energy minister Stephen Timms told the British Wind Energy Association conference. His words came a day after prime minister Tony Blair had said that Britain may need to build new nuclear power stations to tackle climate change. Blair told a parliamentary committee that he had "fought long and hard," both within the Labour party and outside, to make sure that the nuclear option was not closed off. Timms conceded that Britain may yet need nuclear. "But I have not yet met a single person who wants to invest in a new nuclear power station in the UK," he said. "People do want today to build renewables." Before committing to new nuclear build, the economics would need to change. "They do look very unattractive at the moment," he said. "And we need to have some more convincing arguments on nuclear waste."

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