The government has suggested that the UK needs to find and use every possible means to move to a low-carbon economy and deliver green energy to consumers.
Energy and climate change minister Ed Miliband has suggested no form of energy should be off the table when it comes to discussing how best to tackle climate change and deliver a sustainable, green economy for homeowners and businesses across the country.
Writing in the Times ahead of this week's international conference on climate change, Mr Miliband said: "We must try every option to shift to a low-carbon world."
He added: "As well as improving energy efficiency, we need to pursue the trinity of low-carbon technologies: renewables, nuclear and clean fossil fuels."
The comments follow chancellor Alistair Darling's plans in last week's Budget to establish new green energy coal-fired power stations that use carbon capture technology to reduce the amount of emissions being released into the atmosphere.
Meanwhile, the country's largest supplier of coal, Coal UK, has claimed concerns over the security of Britain's energy supplies will lead to more reliance on the fossil fuel to provide cheap energy in the future.
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