Last updated on: 6/7/2012 | Author: ProCon.org

John Hutton Biography

Title:
Chairman of the Nuclear Industry Association and former member of British Parliament
Position:
Con to the question "Can Alternative Energy Effectively Replace Fossil Fuels?"
Reasoning:

“The end game is to largely decarbonise our electricity mix by the middle of this century.

To do so we cannot afford to rule out options which have the potential to make a substantial contribution to meeting Britain’s energy needs. This is why the Government believes that new nuclear power stations should play a role…

But over this period, as we develop low-carbon technologies, we should be under no illusion: generation from fossil fuels will continue to play a leading role…

Nuclear and renewables jointly account currently for just over 20% of UK electricity generation. By 2020 we may need around 15% renewable energy in order to meet our EU 2020 targets. This could mean a substantial amount of renewable electricity…

But that still leaves a significant proportion of electricity, and the majority of overall energy, coming from fossil fuels.”

Speech to the Adam Smith Institute, “The Future of Utilities – Speech to the Adam Smith Institute,” www.nationalarchives.gov.uk, Mar. 10, 2008

Theoretical Expertise Ranking:
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Involvement and Affiliations:
  • Chairman, Nuclear Industry Association (NIA)
  • Chairman, Royal United Services Institute
  • Member, House of Lords
  • Chairman, Independent Public Service Pensions Commission, June 2010-present
  • Non-Executive Director, Sirius Minerals PLC, Jan. 2012-present
  • Chariman, Cuba Initiative
  • Former Director, Aldbourne Consulting Ltd
  • Member of British Parliament (MP), Barrow and Furness in Cumbria (United Kingdom), 1992-2010
  • Secretary of State for Defence, United Kingdom, 2008-2009
  • Secretary of State for Business, United Kingdom, 2007-2008
  • Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, United Kingdom, 2005-2007
  • Minister, Cabinet Office, Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster, May 2005-Nov. 2005
  • Minister of State, Department of Health, 1999-2005
  • Junior Minister, Department of Health, 1998-1999
  • Prinicipal Private Secretary, Margaret Beckett, 1997-1998
  • Senior Lecturer, Newcastel Polytechnic, 1981-1992
  • Research Associate, Templeton College, Oxford, 1980-1981
  • Legal Advisor, Confederation of British Industry (CBI), 1978-1980
Education:
  • BCL, Magdalen College, Oxford University, 1978
  • BA, Magdalen College, Oxford University, 1976
Other:
  • Born May 6, 1955
  • Has three sons and a daughter
Quoted in:
  1. Is Nuclear Power Safe for Humans and the Environment?