With respect to the ongoing correspondence on nuclear power, I would like to confirm my total agreement with the NCE editorial.
Nuclear energy is not the sensible answer. I fail to understand how engineers can advocate a system that will require its waste products to be closely monitored for a period several dozen times longer than the whole of recorded human history.
Engineering in its truest sense should lead us to using sustainable methods, increasing efficiency in transmission and addressing our useful record in terms of specifying thermally efficient building.
While not as 'sexy' as large, new nuclear power plants it would mean more jobs and a much safer future for our descendants. We should be pressing the government to adopt such rational solutions.
Scott G Rogers, 3 Welah Drive, Hamilton, ML3 7AN