Monday, February 1, 2016

Wise International / Is nuclear power the answer to climate change?

The nuclear power industry and its governmental allies are spending huge amounts of money to promote atomic power as an “emissions-free” energy source. Their goal is to encourage the construction of new nuclear reactors worldwide and prevent the shutdown of dangerous old reactors that cannot compete economically with clean energy sources like wind and solar power.

Nuclear power is very ineffective at addressing climate change. When the entire fuel chain is examined nuclear power is a net producer of greenhouse gases. Yes, it emits less CO2 than electricity from coal, but adding enough nuclear power to make a meaningful reduction in greenhouse gas emissions would cost trillions of dollars, create tens of thousands of tons of lethal high-level radioactive waste, contribute to further proliferation of nuclear weapons materials, result in a Chernobyl or Fukushima-scale accident once every decade or so, and, perhaps most significantly, squander the resources necessary to implement meaningful climate change policies.

Dirty, dangerous and unnecessary...

Is nuclear power the answer to climate change? | Wise International

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