- Aug 11, 2005
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- Qld, Australia.
- Political Leaning
Power-hungry world embraces nuclear energy
By Patrice Hill
THE WASHINGTON TIMES
August 15, 2005
Nuclear power is on the rise here and abroad after decades of dormancy, driven by the need for a cleaner environment and steady, secure sources of power in the Internet age.
In the United States, plans are on the drawing board to build as many as six new power plants -- the first since 1973 -- while hundreds more are under consideration in China, India, Russia and other countries.
"Nuclear power is experiencing a budding renaissance," said Steven Taub, director of Cambridge Energy Research Associates. "High fossil-fuel prices, low interest rates, and concerns about the environment and energy security have all combined to increase momentum in the construction of new nuclear plants around the globe."
With worries about terrorism now paramount in the minds of the public and political leaders, concerns about safety that haunted nuclear utilities for decades appear to have receded, replaced by increasing confidence that after a half-century of operating without causing a major public health hazard in the United States, nuclear plants have by and large proven to be safe.
A new generation of power plants on the drawing board, some with automatic methods of shutting down in emergencies, promises to be safer than before.
I've been waiting years for this swing of the pendulum to take full effect. Finally we are starting to move forward again. Progress requires energy.
From the second page.
China, like the United States, has plenty of coal. But its coal-fired power plants have blanketed the countryside with haze and choking emissions that contribute to an estimated 400,000 premature deaths each year, according to the International Energy Agency.
Nobody died from commercial nuclear energy last year. Even one of the founders of GreenPeace now recognises that it's nuclear or nothing and we have to take drastic measures to curtail greenhouse emmisions 'immediately'.