Of course we should be expanding renewable energy sources with urgency and vigour, but not even the most ardent supporters of this policy claim that it can possibly meet more than a fraction of our needs in the foreseeable future.
So what is to fill the shortfall - gas at the end of vulnerable pipelines and shipping routes from some of the most politically unstable parts of the world?
Surely it is right to weigh the very real problems, dangers and costs of nuclear power against the possibly even greater drawbacks of the alternatives?
Even if we stopped generating nuclear power tomorrow, the legacy of past generation, not least the stockpile of radioactive waste, will not go away. Whether we like it or not, a nuclear industry is now a permanent fixture and it will need dedicated, skilled engineers to run it. How can we hope to attract enthusiastic engineers to an industry perceived to be 'dead'?
Patrick Schicker (M), patrick. firstname.lastname@example.org