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Can Nuclear Energy Save You From Global Warming? - Articles Surfing
Just imagine a world with abundant energy, enabling you to live the good life forever... Isn't that what most of us crave? Nuclear energy is magic isn't it?
Nuclear energy has no greenhouse gas emissions. The latest technology has made it safe and we can bury nuclear waste without worrying about radiation. Business as usual without doing any harm.
Well, is it?
Nuclear energy is magical thing. It's hard to understand how it works and it's easy to get bamboozled by claims made by the nuclear magicians ' scientists ' as well as by opponents.
Take veteran environmentalist Dr James Lovelock, of GAIA fame who says only nuclear energy can save us from global warming. Or Dr Helen Caldicott who says it's too dangerous and we do not need it.
And governments ... Well, depends on who you talk to.
Your life is full already without figuring out what is valid and what's not. Right?
Easier to just leave it to "Them."
Find out the facts on nuclear energy and nuclear radiation hazards. Then make up your mind ' and next time there is an election you vote with some knowledge under your belt. There is plenty of information out there to help you make up your mind and I'll give you a leg-up.
So, here is an easy framework. Imagine experiencing a certain "knowing"about this important issue on your way to the ballot box, or in talking with your friends.
Given that global warming is a real threat, and global energy demand is ballooning, then the nuclear energy debate is essentially about four Big Issues.
1) Can nuclear energy deliver on a low-emission or even non-emission basis?
* Yes, nuclear energy is emission-free if you just measure the exhausts from a reactor's chimney.
* Chernobyl still stands the only disastrous accident with a nuclear power plant, and the antiquated structure and action taken after the 'melt-down' bears much blame.
* Economics of nuclear energy is a wobbly concept, depending on the assumptions about other energy sources and their end costs.
* You'll find many studies with different results.
Nuclear energy sources removes people even further from tangible "natural" processes. More of the same kind of thinking that caused our global warming problems in the first place. Why not emphasize responsible energy use, and the use of the Great Big Nuclear Reactor In The Sky to drive wind, tidal and solar energy. And to try and live in harmonious relationship with each other and our environments.
But you just have to make up your own mind. My children's future and yours depend on you. Only your personal attitude ' the greatest energy source we know ' can help you live with global warming. And we are going to have to live with it for a long, long time.
Copyright © 1995 - Photius Coutsoukis (All Rights Reserved).
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