It was pretty depressing to hear the comments following a recent announcement by a government thinktank that we don't need any more nuclear power stations.

I wonder just how bad the energy situation has to get in this country before people wake up to the reality — with no more gas from the north sea and an elderly set of existing power stations, we are in trouble.

The environmentally friendly alternatives simply are not going to be enough, and the only thing that's going to supply the energy we will need in the future is nuclear.

The debate by now should be about how to make it as safe as possible — but instead we are still in a state of denial.

Colin Smith