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Nuclear reaction


Debates risk polarising views when, as professionals, we should be seeking common ground. (Should we abandon nuclear energy NCE 30 November).

Most accept the need to promote renewable energy, conservation and increased efficiency. Current disagreement concerns the relative environmental harm caused by gas and nuclear.

Government has recently approved six new gas stations.

It could have chosen nuclear.

Was gas in fact the better option and what is being done to define the optimum mix to give the highest proportion of renewable electricity? What time/cost profiles can we offer for the theoretically attractive options of wave and photo voltaic energy?

Only engineers can give the politicians this kind of guidance. If we want respect, we should be doing so.

Richard Balmer (M) Hon Sec, Assoc. Lib Dem engineers & scientists, 79 Links Drive, Solihull, B91 2DJ

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