Tuesday, 23 September 2008

Mark Lynas defeats himself

Mark Lynas, is getting a lot of page-time and air-time at the moment with his 'iconoclastic' embrace of nuclear power. The funny thing is, Mark Lynas's  own work already shows why he is wrong to back nuclear power, yet he has somehow missed this...
Mark shot to prominence with his wonderful book 'High tide', about how incipient climate chaos is already rendering many coastlines and even entire islands less- or un- inhabitable. Where are virtually all the world's nuclear power stations? At sea level, because of their need for huge amounts of water for cooling...
It would be a vast crime, if this generation were to build yet more nuclear power capacity, in places that are in many instances likely to be inundated by rising sea levels, even if we manage to get manmade climate change under control at about 2.5 degrees of over-heat (let alone if we don't...).
Mark also fails to mention a huge part of the real solution, that lies in those same waters: Let's harvest the energy that we need from those rising and falling tides -- rather than seeing them create the mother of all eco-catastrophes, if we put our eggs into the deadly energy basket-case of nuclear...
 
 

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Mark Lynas, is getting a lot of page-time and air-time at the moment with his 'iconoclastic' embrace of nuclear power. The funny thing is, Mark Lynas's  own work already shows why he is wrong to back nuclear power, yet he has somehow missed this...
Mark shot to prominence with his wonderful book 'High tide', about how incipient climate chaos is already rendering many coastlines and even entire islands less- or un- inhabitable. Where are virtually all the world's nuclear power stations? At sea level, because of their need for huge amounts of water for cooling...
It would be a vast crime, if this generation were to build yet more nuclear power capacity, in places that are in many instances likely to be inundated by rising sea levels, even if we manage to get manmade climate change under control at about 2.5 degrees of over-heat (let alone if we don't...).
Mark also fails to mention a huge part of the real solution, that lies in those same waters: Let's harvest the energy that we need from those rising and falling tides -- rather than seeing them create the mother of all eco-catastrophes, if we put our eggs into the deadly energy basket-case of nuclear...
 
 
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