So this is what we get for campaigning against coal fired power stations. Yeh – if it were likely to be a balanced debate, this might be a worthwhile proposal. Because nuclear wouldn’t win the debate!
We have to get out of this mindset that one technology, one thing will solve the problem. WWF promotes (PDF) a mix of clean energy solutions that will create the base load power we need.
I, personally, am willing to concede that nuclear may be an option in some circumstances. To that end debate is needed. However, what seems to be lacking from the media attention around nuclear lately is that, to go nuclear we will also require significant investment – not just on building and maintaining the stations, but in research and development.
If this is the case, why is it that we are not spending this money on safer alternatives, that don’t have the potentially disastrous effects of nuclear – both in terms of waste and the potential for damage? IMO, it beggars belief.
I’m sick of old fart politicians, through short sightedness and ignorance, fucking up the environment that we, and our children, will inherit. I sure hope that common sense prevails in this particular issue.