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Nuclear unclear


Like many, I was disturbed by the confident 'yes' vote for nuclear power from the NCE 500. While I was distinctly relieved to read your editorial, I continue to be somewhat disappointed by the nature of the anti-nuclear debate.

The fact that nuclear power makes many of us uncomfortable is not sufficient to silence the pro-nuclear lobby.

Nuclear power is unsustainable.

Whatever we decide to do now in the context of needing a quick energy fix will affect generations to come - somebody will have to pay for and administer nuclear waste management programmes for centuries.

If we accept this risk and expense in the UK, poorer nations will follow us and nuclear proliferation thus becomes an inevitability. The risk of problems arising from nuclear power then increases substantially, and richer countries will inevitably waste time, money and political muscle trying to control this risk.

We invest, and always have invested, tiny amounts of money in research and development of renewables in contrast with nuclear. With such biased financial support, it is hardly fair to conclude that nuclear is the only feasible alternative to fossil fuels.

Edward Hoare, edwardhoare@gmail. com

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