On the Today programme yesterday morning it was reported that Chris Huhne would get the job as energy and climate change secretary. Eight hours later the appointment had still not been confirmed and was only made official late yesterday evening.
As you know BusinessGreen.com has no time for conspiracy theories and is certain there was nothing suspicious in the apparent delay - after all it was a busy day in Whitehall.
But if we were looking for a reason why it took those within Conservative high command quite so long to rubber stamp the appointment, it might be informative to take a look at a speech Huhne gave back in 2006 to the Associate Parliamentary Renewable and Sustainable Energy Group (PRASEG) today, which a reader has flagged up.
You can read an extract of the speech on Huhne's website (for how much longer, no one can be sure), but here is a flavour of the erstwhile Lib Dem environment spokesman's views on nuclear energy:
"No private sector investor has built a nuclear power station anywhere in the world without lashings of government subsidy since Three Mile Island and Chernobyl. The World Bank refuses to lend on nuclear projects because of the long history of overruns. "Our message is clear, No to nuclear, as it is not a short cut, but a dead end. Yes to energy saving, yes to renewables, and yes to a sustainable energy future."
There's nothing wrong with this point of view. In fact many environmentalists and green businesses would heartily agree with everything Huhne said. It's just that his first meeting with EDF promises to be, how shall we put this, rather delicate.
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