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Wednesday, June 14, 2006

Debunking Nuclear Myth of Greenhouse Friendliness

by Alan Roberts and Christopher Scanlon

The problem with satire is that it has a nasty habit of becoming common sense. Yesterday's absurdity becomes today's accepted wisdom.

Take nuclear power, for example. It wasn't so long ago that we all laughed at Homer Simpson's prayers of thanks for nuclear power: "And Lord, we are especially thankful for nuclear power, the cleanest, safest energy source there is. Except for solar, which is just a pipedream."

Only a simpleton like Homer would believe that nuclear power is clean and green, we told ourselves - but not any more. If you believe newspapers and watch the news, nuclear power is part of the answer to global warming. Nuclear power is greenhouse-gas emission friendly, we're told.

It's not only the spruikers for the nuclear power industry who are saying so. In his book The Revenge of Gaia, noted environmentalist James Lovelock reiterates his support for nuclear power. Certainly, set against the backdrop of global climate disaster, the risks associated with nuclear technology seem to be the lesser of two evils.

But nuclear power only looks greenhouse-friendly from a distance. If you take a closer look, it's far from a solution to the climate crisis.

The first problem is the widespread idea that most greenhouse gases come from electrical power. Unfortunately for all of us, that's not the case. In 1999 the International Energy Agency estimated the world emissions from electrical networks at less than 39 per cent of total emissions. --------------
read the rest here...Debunking Nuclear Myth of Greenhouse Friendliness: "The problem with satire is that it has a nasty habit of becoming common sense. Yesterday's absurdity becomes today's accepted wisdom."

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