Thursday, November 10, 2005

Nuclear power will be necessary

According to a new report from the UK Energy Research Centre, in 30 years' time we will be suffering from an energy shortfall. The only way to plug the gap is with nuclear power.

Is nuclear power the only way, or are there safer ways to generate electricity without increasing the amount of atmospheric pollution? And is nuclear power really that bad?

1 comment:

Custard said...

I can't see any better way of generating enough energy in the UK.

Nuclear isn't as bad as people fear. The worries are partly because of the distrust of the "boffin" and the lack of proper understanding. It's not helped, of course, by the close association between nuclear power and nuclear weapons, even though it's pretty much impossible for a modern reactor to undergo a nuclear explosion.

It'd be interesting to contrast public attitudes in France, which generates most of its electricity with nuclear and where there doesn't seem to be a problem with it.

The waste produced by nuclear is very very nasty, but it is solid and just needs to be contained for a long time. Long term, disused mineshafts are fine.