Why high UK energy bills were decades in the making


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4 Jun 2021
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A litany of political failure. What's new?

The way they screwed up investment in nuclear is especially reprehensible. We could have had near limitless clean power generated safely. Yes, nuclear fission is actually safe despite the common misconception that it's dangerous.

In a year of soaring electricity bills and fears of blackouts, energy has become the subject of a bitter blame game.

The world is in the grip of a global energy crisis, sharply exacerbated by the war in Ukraine and the strain that has placed on the supply of gas, a major resource.

But household energy costs are higher in the UK than almost anywhere else in Europe. How has it come to this?

Looking back at decades of political decisions, former energy ministers and industry experts have told the BBC where they think some mistakes were made.

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