Friday, July 18, 2008

Nuclear kool-aid

Don’t Drink the Nuclear Kool-Aid
by Amy Goodman
This advice applies equally to Dalton McGuinty as it does for the USA.

While the presidential candidates trade barbs and accuse each other of flip-flopping, they agree with President Bush on their enthusiastic support for nuclear power...

But nuclear power is not a solution to climate change — rather, it causes problems...

Even if nuclear power were economically viable, Lovins continues, “the first issue to come up for me would be the spread of nuclear weapons, which it greatly facilitates...

Along with proliferation, there are terrorist threats to existing nuclear reactors,...

Then there is the waste: “It stays dangerous for a very long time. So you have to put it someplace that stays away from people and life and water for a very long time … millions of years, most likely. … So far, all the places we’ve looked turned out to be geologically unsuitable...

2 comments:

Anonymous said...

Another thing about nuclear reactors is that once you have them, they become your core source of electricity. You can't easily shut them off or turn them on to meet spot demand as you can with other sources (hydraulic, wind,solar,natural gas. Once they are built, you are stuck with them. They are astonishingly expensive to build and maintain, constantly plagued by cost overruns and missed construction deadlines . . . Sue Craig

Gary Shaul (editor) said...

Great points Sue.

 
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