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New Labour's nuclear ambitions suffered a setback in August when a proposed deal to sell British Energy to EDF for £12 billion fell through. Brown, Hutton, Darling and co. say that new nuclear power plants are the only way to achieve "energy security" and reduce carbon dioxide emissions, and they are determined to provide the right incentives to EDF (or possibly another bidder, Centrica) to build and operate them. Surely these wise men have impartially analysed all the options and come up with the best solution to Britain's energy needs?