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Going Nuclear?

by mel starrs on April 18, 2006

in Renewables

Dounreay

photo by Captain Smurf via Flickr

The debate over nuclear power rumbles on. Patrick Moore (a founding member of Greenpeace, and nothing to do with Sky at Night) has weighed in on the pro side at the Washington Post and then with a debate. The pro-nuclear site World Nuclear Association has a good summary.

I’ve been searching through the green blogosphere looking for reactions from the anti-nuclear lobby, but there’s little out there yet.

Update: not exactly a response to the Washington Post piece but an interview with Mikhail Gorbachev in the FT:

” But nuclear power of course is neither the answer to modern energy problems nor a panacea for climate change challenges. You don’t actually solve problems by finding solutions that create more problems down the track. It doesn’t add up economically, environmentally or socially. Of all the energy options, nuclear is the most capital intensive to establish, decommissioning is prohibitively expensive and the financial burden continues long after the plant is closed.”

I still haven’t made up my mind on the issue. I’m ready to be persuaded by either camp and both sides are making level headed, sound arguments (Once the histrionics start, I may have to take a stance).

The one issue that slightly bugs me at the minute is the financing of these plant, and who is responsible for the operation of them. All kinds of cans of worms there…