Nuclear is not the solution to the energy challenge, it is part of the problem
(European Energy Review - commentary/blog (you may need to register), 04 Jun 12) As the UK gears up for a crucial decision on the building of new nuclear power plants, the voices in support of nuclear energy are getting louder. They claim that climate change cannot be addressed without an expansion of nuclear capacity. Renewable energies are said to be too costly and immature. Actually, the reverse is true, argues Thiemo Gropp, Director of the Desertec Foundation. Nuclear power is too costly and immature. What the UK and Europe should be doing is investing in building a supergrid that can support the expansion of renewables.
Jeffrey Sachs, Director of the Earth Institute and professor of sustainable development at Columbia University, said last month that the urgency of climate change and the immaturity of the renewable energy industry leave us with little option but an expansion of nuclear power. In so doing, he joined a group of vocal nuclear advocates in Europe and the US who insist that nuclear power must form an important part of any serious attempt to curb greenhouse gas emissions. This simply isn't true.
In the midst of the heated debate about our energy future, it is important to remember that nuclear power is just one of a range of technologies that we could employ to help address our dangerous dependency on fossil fuels, each with their particular strengths and challenges.
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