Welcome to European Tribune. It's gone a bit quiet around here these days, but it's still going.
I am equally pragmatic, for example I think we have little choice but to look at 'stop-gap' energy sources for something like a decade before we can implement other renewable energy sources. That's going to mean looking hard at "clean" coal, nuclear fission, fusion etc.

My beef is that the nuclear argument is being utterly dominated by certainly in my country, the vested interests hand -in-hand with the neoconservatives, and it seems to be a global problem.

If we have to 'go nuclear', I am more of a fan myself of looking at molten-salt thorium reactors- they have extremely high stability, and the ability to completely consume the thorium utilised. It's a much safer bet all-round, and India was at one point looking into it seriously, as it has excellent thorium supplies; but it seems to as a result of lobbying pressure and other factors to have bought into western-style fast breeder reactors, which complete with being technical & economic failures have weak operational stability, require fuel re-processing, frequent de-cladding, and then there's that liquid sodium issue. They make me shudder, especially when I transpose them to places like India and Indonesia, that I know well.

"This can't possibly get more disturbing!" - Willow

by myriad (imogenk at wildmail dot com) on Tue Oct 18th, 2005 at 04:24:25 PM EST
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