I've long been a critic of the practice of Big 6 and other related corporations being seconded into senior and influential roles at DECC. Of course DECC is now gone, but this decision, among many are the legacy. When absolutely no one, even Nuclear supporters see the merit or viability of this project, you have to question why it goes ahead. Politics and money seems the only conclusion.
Sadly I can't see anything now stopping construction of this colossal white elephant, nor can I see it ever being completed. In the meantime though the tax payer pays, and genuine innovative technology and important energy possibilities are contained and delayed. It all leaves me speechless.
The EDF and Chinese-government-backed project is extremely expensive, possibly not even viable, as there are to date no working nuclear projects of the same design, etc. So, the question is, why go forward with it? According to a report released by Greenpeace, the answer is pretty simple: The people who approved and pushed for the approval of the £18 billion (and rising) project stand to benefit from its approval. Financially. This is probably the only way that the approval of the project makes any kind of sense (other than the obvious factor of pressure from the Chinese government). As Green Party MP Caroline Lucas put it, the Hinkley Point C project is “the biggest white elephant in British history,” so of course money is going to be found at the root of it.