Urbin Report

Thursday, April 28, 2005

Greens supporting more Nuclear Power Plants

I wrote about this a few months ago in more detail.
The February issue of Wired Magazine had an article on why more Greens are turning to nuclear energy.

It's a clean alternative to coal (so democrat Senator and former Klansman Robert Byrd will fight it tooth and nail) and currently the best way to produce hydrogen at the levels needed to successfully convert automobiles from gas engines to Hydrogen fuel cells.

The article points out:

Some of the world's most thoughtful greens have discovered the logic of nuclear power, including Gaia theorist James Lovelock, Greenpeace cofounder Patrick Moore, and Britain's Bishop Hugh Montefiore, a longtime board member of Friends of the Earth. Western Europe is quietly backing away from planned nuclear phaseouts. Finland has ordered a big reactor specifically to meet the terms of the Kyoto Protocol on climate change. China's new nuke plants - 26 by 2025 - are part of a desperate effort at smog control.
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Burning hydrocarbons is a luxury that a planet with 6 billion energy-hungry souls can't afford. There's only one sane, practical alternative: nuclear power.
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Radiation containment, waste disposal, and nuclear weapons proliferation are manageable problems in a way that global warming is not. Unlike the usual green alternatives - water, wind, solar, and biomass - nuclear energy is here, now, in industrial quantities.
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Flannel-shirted environmentalists who fight these realities run the risk of ending up with as much soot on their hands as the slickest coal-mining CEO.