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Nuclear's second wind - Climate solution or illusion?

Nuclear's second wind - Climate solution or illusion?
http://www.newint.org/issue382/index.htm

Almost 20 years on from the Chernobyl disaster, the nuclear industry 
now appears to be recovering from the fallout of negative public 
opinion and is increasingly being seen as a 'green' solution to the 
world's intensifying energy demands. This issue of the NI seeks to 
unpack the arguments supporting a renewed interest in nuclear power 
and some of the enduring impacts of our quest to harness the power of 
the atom.

Not long ago, you could have been forgiven for thinking that nuclear 
technology was on its way out. After major disasters such as Three 
Mile Island and Chernobyl, officials were sizing up the nails for the 
industry's coffin. But it would seem that nuclear power wasn't dead - 
just resting. And in Asia it has been experiencing something of a 
renaissance.

Now with climate change emerging as a matter for urgent attention, 
nukes are getting a new look-in in countries which had, until 
recently, shunned the atom in favour of oil, gas and coal. 'Nuclear 
is the new black,' remarked my friend Ell in exasperation at 
pronouncements from some prominent environmentalists who've swallowed 
the climate-friendly hype coming from the industry.

And hype is just what it is. As anti-nuclear campaigners often say, 
the industry is 'all subsidies, no substance'. Its climate claims are 
equally full of hot air. Meanwhile, all this talk of a new nuclear 
dawn is just holding us back. Nuclear's had its chance (remember 
those promises of 'electricity too cheap to metre'?). The nuclear 
power station - big, expensive, corporate, toxic and wasteful - is a 
perfect symbol of the kind of blinkered development model we have 
been pursuing. And now with the race towards fusion, it seems we are 
still blindly following this destructive path. It's time to change 
the way we think about power - literally and politically.

As the anti-nuclear movement folks would say: 'Nuclear Energy? No Thanks!'


newint.org home > http://www.newint.org/
The New Internationalist workers' co-operative (NI) exists to report 
on the issues of world poverty and inequality; to focus attention on 
the unjust relationship between the powerful and powerless worldwide; 
to debate and campaign for the radical changes necessary to meet the 
basic needs of all; and to bring to life the people, the ideas and 
the action in the fight for global justice.


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