Wednesday, July 05, 2006
Should we build more Nuclear Power Stations.
This is a debate that is starting to gather momentum.
There are many arguments for Nuclear power, on the surface it may seem to be a clean, efficient, carbon neutral solution to our energy problems. It is true that technology has moved on in the half century since the first power stations were built.
There are many arguments against, such as safety, radiation fears for those living nearby and the threat of terrorism, however there are two key arguments that clinch the argument for me.
Firstly our nuclear industry has left us with a massive clean-up bill for historic waste of Â£56 billion and rising.
Secondly for a fraction of the cost of building the new nuclear power stations we would need could be used to build a range of different renewable power facilities across Britain in less time than it would take to build the Nuclear option.
This would have an added benefit in placing Britain at the cutting edge of the growing market in renewable technologies that would revitalise our industry.
By having a little imagination we can create something with a positive lasting legacy, rather than a huge cleanup bill for future generations.