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There has been a lot of talk lately about a possible nuclear energy revival. It looks like Britain is heading down that road: The atom and the windmill: Nuclear power draws nearer as renewables retreat.
I previously noted that one of the Greenpeace founders had a change of heart to think nuclear was the best alternative at the moment: Is Nuclear Power Good?
In my opinion nuclear needs to be a part of the overall solution. Even with proper investment it will probably take at least 20 years for renewables to ramp up to provide a major percentage of our energy needs. So, until we get there we have to make a choice on the least of the evils. Nuclear is not a good option, but it is better than coal (unless a practical carbon capture solution comes along). I realize this is trading a short-term problem (CO2) for a long-term one (nuclear waste), but given how alarmingly fast CO2 levels are increasing and the effects we’re already seeing, I think it’s the right decision.