Nuclear Power: The Answer to Climate Change?

by Ben Cohen

George Monbiot looks at one of the defining issues of our time: Do we go nuclear to avoid massive climate change?:

Today, while the threat of nuclear war hasn’t disappeared, it is less

urgent than the prospect of climate breakdown. The two industries –

weapons and power – were split up (though in reality long after it came

into force) by the Euratom treaty

and modern reactor designs are much safer than their predecessors. As

nuclear energy produces less carbon dioxide per unit of electricity

than coal or gas, and as uranium mining, though hideous, causes less

damage than opencast coal, the argument has changed. Now the issue

comes down to this: whether the nuclear waste will be disposed of

safely, and whether it can it be done without the massive use of state

funds….the persistent trouble with nuclear power – like any other potentially

polluting industry – is that doing things the right way is expensive,

while doing them the wrong way is cheap.

Ben Cohen is the editor and founder of The Daily Banter. He lives in Washington DC where he does podcasts, teaches Martial Arts, and tries to be a good father. He would be extremely disturbed if you took him too seriously.