With a barrel still costing over 100 dollars, European countries are looking for ways to get cheaper energy and reduce their dependence on foreign supplies. With this in mind, Britain and Italy just agreed to work together to develop nuclear power.
"I'm pleased to announce our two countries will work together in the area of nuclear energy," British Prime Minister Gordon Brown told a news conference with visiting Italian Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi.
"We both agreed that nuclear power can play an important part (in achieving) our shared objectives on climate change and energy security," he said.
"We do hope that there is going to be a single nuclear policy for
Berlusconi's government has pledged to start building new plants within five years to ease the burden of energy imports.
Brown's government also favours building new nuclear power stations as part of a mix of energy sources to reduce reliance on imported oil and gas and help meet targets for reducing greenhouse gas emissions.
Brown and Berlusconi also discussed the credit crunch and rising food and energy prices which have undermined governments' popularity around the world.
"This is why Prime Minister Berlusconi and I agree it is essential for us to press ahead with the economic reforms in
Date created : 2008-09-11