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Nuclear power is a false solution to climate change

  • Benjamin Sovacool

Jakarta   /   Tue, July 15 2008   /  10:36 am

Indonesian policymakers should beware that nuclear power is not as clean as the industry claims. These days, advocates of nuclear power frequently portray it as an important part of any solution aimed at fighting climate change and reducing greenhouse gas emissions. The Nuclear Energy Institute reports that nuclear power is a "carbon-free electricity source." The World Nuclear Association tells us that "nuclear energy today represents nothing less than an indispensable asset" if our world is to meet challenges of climate change. Even Patrick Moore, the co-founder of Greenpeace, has publicly stated that "nuclear energy is the only non-greenhouse gas emitting energy source that can effectively replace fossil fuels and satisfy global demand." Opponents of nuclear power have responded in kind. In their calculation, Australian researcher...