Germany's Nuclear Opposition Fading as Energy Prices Soar
Skyrocketing fuel prices are leading more and more Germans -- including one prominent member of the Green Party -- to challenge the country's cherished plan of mothballing its 17 nuclear power plants.
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#1 Jul 15, 2008
I fully agrre with Mrs. Merkel in the need of Nuclear Energy to reduce CO2 emissions.
Although Nuclear Power is not the only solution to Climate Change, we can't reduce emissions without it.
I wrote an article on Nuclear Power please check it:
Mission: Drastically reduce worldwide CO2 emissions while meeting the world's energy requirements.
Energy will rise dramatically in the following decades. The IEA (International Energy Agency) estimates that demand for energy will rise by 65% and demand for electricity will double by 2030. One of the biggest challenges humanity faces in the 21st century is to supply a sufficient amount of energy to as many people as possible while minimizing the environmental impacts. It is now clear that carbon (CO2) is the enemy. Societies should make drastic reductions in the coming decades (up to 80% from 1990 levels by 2050) if we are to prevent Climate Change reaching a point of no return.
Nuclear Power while having its share of manageable problems, particularly long term waste disposal, is by far the best solution to satisfy global energy needs. Additionally, it doesn't generate CO2 emissions which means it doesn't contribute to global warming and thus climate change. While very few serious nuclear accidents have occurred (Chernobyl being the most serious one), Nuclear Power has progressed to a point which renders it extremely safe. Recent advances in technology have made possible to process dangerous waste (the separation of used fuels into recyclable materials). Furthermore, many countries have been using Nuclear Power for many years without serious incidents. France generates almost all its electricity from Nuclear Power Plants which have been operating safely for decades. Clearly, Nuclear Power is needed in the years ahead.
It is also important to clarify that Nuclear Power doesn't compete with renewable energy sources such as Wind Power, Solar Power, Hydroelectric Power, and so on. It actually complements them. These renewable sources should be utilized to the maximum extent possible but unfortunately they cannot satisfy (at least with the current technology) the world's energy needs on their own. They should be used in conjunction with Nuclear Power. It is time that people know the facts in order to demystify Nuclear Power and CO2 emissions can be halted. There hasn't been a better time to go Nuclear. It is urgent to adopt Nuclear Power on a worldwide scale.
• Climate change is reaching dangerous levels and it is urgent to drastically cut CO2 emission on a global scale.
• Nuclear Power is extremely safe and can help provide the energy the world needs in the coming decades.
• Nuclear Power doesn't substitute renewable energy sources, it actually complements them being part of the solution.
If you would like to joing my Cause to promote the use of Nuclear Power for electricity generation, please write me an e-mail to: [email protected]
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