Friday, April 28, 2006

is that a solar panel on your head?

Gorbachev Urges G8 to Back Solar Power, Not Nuclear
Those concerns have also sparked renewed interest in nuclear power as a source of climate-friendly energy. The debate has been amplified by the need for some European countries to plan soon for the replacement of earlier generations of nuclear power stations that are due to come to the end of their lifespan in the next two decades.
But Gorbachev has said that nuclear power "doesn't add up economically, environmentally or socially. Nuclear power is neither the answer to modern energy problems nor a panacea for climate change challenges." (...)
Green Cross said nuclear technology requires huge amounts of initial capital, while decommissioning plants is hugely expensive and costs continue to be incurred long after a nuclear power station is closed.

Nuclear energy is over-hyped. The investment needed to replace fossil fuel burning electricity plants with nuclear plants is incredible, and doesn't begin to address the impending liquid fuel shortages. So a tip of the hat and a sip of vodka for someone who is really in a position to know, saying what he knows.

Big Gav also picked up on Gorby's challenge yesterday.


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