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According to Amory Lovins, who appears on BBCWorld’s HardTalk this week, nuclear power has “died of an incurable attack of market forces”. Finally a voice of reason among the increasing number of ‘born-again greens’ who think nuclear power is the escape route from global warming. Quite aside from the dangers associated with nuclear power (especially in the wrong hands), it simply doesn’t make economic sense. The only reason is still exists today is that governments subsidise it to such a large extent. Then there is the question of the amount of greenhouse gas that is produced in the mining and milling of uranium, the construction and decommissioning of nuclear power stations, and the transportation and management of waste. So, nice one Ames! The programme (23 minutes) is well worth watching and Lovins is in scintillating form as usual. You just need RealPlayer on your machine.
I beg to disagree on this one. Nuclear Power is the way forward for energy-hungry countries like China and India. There is no way oil can provide for the energy requirements, coal mining is equally hazardous, etc., Nuclear Power is clean and can be produced efficiently provided the technology is made available to developing countries. There is simply no way a country can hijack clean nuclear power production into something devilish, with proper international controls. I strongly believe that we should stop dilly-dallying and accelerate the construction of internationally supervised nuclear reactors for solving the impending energy crises around the world.