I’ve been posting about the benefits of nuclear power for some time now, and today I read a story about U.N. scientists proposing that we embrace nuclear power as a way to combat global warming. Not only that, we’re talking about cleaner air and cheaper energy for all.
More than 2,000 scientists have contributed to the intergovernmental panel on climate change (IPCC) report and 400 of them met today in Bangkok to finalise it before publication on Friday. The report is the biggest to study the practical actions that could reduce emissions and its findings will play a key role in Kyoto negotiations which will take place in December.
The new report is the third this year by the UN climate panel. An IPCC report in February said it was at least 90 per cent certain that mankind was to blame for global warming and on 6 April it warned of more hunger, droughts and rising seas.
“We’re moving from two very sobering reports to what we can do about climate change,” said Achim Steiner, the head of the UN’s environment programme. “And we can do it.”
While this won’t necessarily save the world, I do think it’s a necessary step towards energy independence.
Will we listen? Well…not likely. Creating these plants is a costly endeavor and would be hugely unpopular politically. Still, I wish somebody had the sack to see nuclear energy for what it is: safe, clean and effective.