TITLE

A nuclear 'no'

PUB. DATE
March 2006
SOURCE
New Scientist;3/11/2006, Vol. 189 Issue 2542, p7
SOURCE TYPE
Periodical
DOC. TYPE
Article
ABSTRACT
The article reports that the British Sustainable Development Commission (SDC) has urged British Prime Minister Tony Blair to reject the nuclear energy option in favour of an "aggressive" expansion of energy efficiency and renewables. The SDC conducted eight detailed studies covering safety, waste, economics and climate change. The advantages of nuclear power as a safe, low-carbon technology are outweighed by disadvantages such as uncertain costs, long-lived radioactive waste and an increased risk that nuclear weapons will proliferate. The SDC's research also shows that even if Great Britain's existing nuclear capacity were doubled, it would only deliver an 8 per cent reduction in carbon dioxide emissions by 2035. Increases in energy efficiency and renewable energy generation could reduce emissions faster, it concludes.
ACCESSION #
20242580

 

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