Tuesday, August 02, 2005

Nuclear Power Resurgence

Civilian use of nuclear power is well on its way to providing an increasing amount of United States energy needs, and, maybe China’s too. Connect the dots. This would be a serious way to address greenhouse emissions and global warming.

Dot 1. “Several of the nation's most prominent environmentalists have gone public with the message that nuclear power, long taboo among environmental advocates, should be reconsidered as a remedy for global warming.” New York Times “Environmentalists View Nuclear Power” by Felicity Barringer May 15, 2005 See http://www.world-nuclear.org/opinion/nyt150505.htm

Dot 2. The newly announced “Asia Pacific Partnership on Clean Development and Climate” is an agreement between six Asia-Pacific nations: Australia, the People's Republic of China, India, Japan, South Korea, and the United States to develop and share technologies to reduce greenhouse gas emissions.
The first technology covered by this agreement is nuclear power.

Dot 3. The Energy Bill recently passed by Congress:“Provides Federal risk insurance and extends the Price-Anderson Act to mitigate the potential cost of unforeseen delays and encourage investment in a new generation of safer, more reliable, and more proliferation-resistant nuclear power plants” See http://www.whitehouse.gov/news/releases/2005/07/20050729-9.html

President George W. Bush calls for results which is superior to the Kyoto Treaty:“even advocates concede that the treaty will have virtually no effect on global warming. Its international impact is too narrow, particularly because there is no clear sanction for countries that do not meet their global obligations. For those reasons, it is hardly surprising that the Senate refused to ratify the Kyoto treaty. It makes no sense to sign a mostly symbolic treaty, to pay a huge economic cost and to get only a negligible environmental gain in return, particularly when it isn't clear that others are going to comply.” Washington Post Editorial “Kyoto Ratification” Saturday, November 6, 2004; http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/articles/A29459-2004Nov5.html


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