Directors go nuclear

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The Institute of Directors in Yorkshire is calling for the UK to “get off the fence” and press ahead with building a new generation of nuclear power stations.

But the IoD adds that the Coalition should also consider ways of exploiting Yorkshire’s coal reserves.

The call comes following the publication of an IoD study, which shows that nuclear power remains extremely popular among business leaders, despite the nuclear disaster caused when an earthquake and tsunami hit Japan in March last year.

Commenting on the study, Jonathan Oxley, from the IoD in Yorkshire, said: “It really is time for us to get off the fence.

“There is a looming energy crisis and there is no real prospect of renewables making a major impact.

“We should be well on with a new generation of nuclear power plants by now, although from a regional perspective we should also be looking again at our massive coal resources.”