Tuesday, 8 January 2008

Nuclear lies

I say that it is a lie that nuclear is low-carbon, let alone carbon-free...:
Once one factors in the very substantial amount of energy needed for mining, transporting and processing uranium, for building nuclear power plants, for protecting them and their fuel from sabotage and accident, etc etc., and once one includes the vast amount of energy needed to decommission, monitor and protect nuclear waste for hundreds of thousands of years, then nuclear ends up with a stupendously huge carbon footprint. It is simply not true -- it is the grossest most misleading spin imaginable -- for advocates of nuclear power to claim that nuclear is a low-carbon source of enegy. The only true low-carbon sources of energy are renewables energy sources such as solar, wind and wave. Renewable energy can save us from dangerous climate change. Nuclear power cannot.
And furthermore, it is a lie that nuclear is low-cost...:
The government has secretly given the go-ahead for plans to collect a fee from the energy companies for each unit of electricity used in British homes to build up a fund to meet decommissiong costs for new nuclear power stations. Those of us with genuinely green electricity tariffs -- i.e. those of us whose electricity is coming wholly from renewable sources -- would presumably be exempt from paying this fee? It would be a
gross injustice if we had to pay the fee, despite not being users of nuclear power... The bottom line here is that the British taxpayer, and the British energy-consumer, is going to pay through the nose, if there are new nuclear power stations built in this country. Never forget that the reason that we stopped building nuclear power stations, a generation ago, is a very simple one: they are uneconomic.

2 Comments:

Blogger Alexandra Prokopenko said...

Can't but agree - nuclear is costy for both money and environment, if you are considering all the costs. The issue is that a lot of costs in case of nuclear are not so obvious, and therefore can be easily manipulated.
Read more details here: http://www.theleaneconomyconnection.net/nuclear/index.html

9 January 2008 at 13:28  
Blogger Rupert said...

Agreed, Alexandra!
See my next post for more on this.
R

9 January 2008 at 15:30  

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I say that it is a lie that nuclear is low-carbon, let alone carbon-free...:
Once one factors in the very substantial amount of energy needed for mining, transporting and processing uranium, for building nuclear power plants, for protecting them and their fuel from sabotage and accident, etc etc., and once one includes the vast amount of energy needed to decommission, monitor and protect nuclear waste for hundreds of thousands of years, then nuclear ends up with a stupendously huge carbon footprint. It is simply not true -- it is the grossest most misleading spin imaginable -- for advocates of nuclear power to claim that nuclear is a low-carbon source of enegy. The only true low-carbon sources of energy are renewables energy sources such as solar, wind and wave. Renewable energy can save us from dangerous climate change. Nuclear power cannot.
And furthermore, it is a lie that nuclear is low-cost...:
The government has secretly given the go-ahead for plans to collect a fee from the energy companies for each unit of electricity used in British homes to build up a fund to meet decommissiong costs for new nuclear power stations. Those of us with genuinely green electricity tariffs -- i.e. those of us whose electricity is coming wholly from renewable sources -- would presumably be exempt from paying this fee? It would be a
gross injustice if we had to pay the fee, despite not being users of nuclear power... The bottom line here is that the British taxpayer, and the British energy-consumer, is going to pay through the nose, if there are new nuclear power stations built in this country. Never forget that the reason that we stopped building nuclear power stations, a generation ago, is a very simple one: they are uneconomic.

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