14 March, 2011

Nuclear doubts

The Corriere della Sera’s perceptive cartoonist, Gianelli, highlights a serious peripheral fallout from the Japan earthquake: renewed suspicion over nuclear power.

Many countries, in particular Italy, are debating nuclear power again having unwisely signed up to the EU’s carbon limitation scheme, which is about to become even more stringent under the insane Connie Hedegaard, whose proposals have been estimated to cost an astonishing €270 billion per year.

Wind, hydroelectric and wave power are not going to solve Europe’s energy needs. If carbon emissions are to be reduced dramatically only nuclear power can do that.

Otherwise, carbon emissions can be reduced by winding down economic activity, scarcely tempting as we try to emerge from a recession.

The timing could scarcely be less fortunate.

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