Friday, June 24, 2011

Don't believe the spin on thorium being a ‘greener’ nuclear option - News - The Ecologist

It produces less radioactive waste and more power than uranium but the UK would be making a mistake in looking to it as a 'greener' fuel. The Ecologist reports


I wonder if this makes the pro-nuclear conspiracist climate deniers shut the fuck up about thorium. I'm so fucking sick of hearing about thorium and associated conspiracy theory being posted about under Guardian CIF articles about climate change and energy issues. It's nonsense you idiots - now feck off!!!

3 comments:

Loudzoo said...

most pro-nuclear campaigners are not climate change deniers. I support nuclear because it is a low carbon source of energy - so should you ! If the green lobby hadn't been so successful in restricting further nuclear power station buiding programs the US / UK / Germany + many other countries would have a significantly lower carbon footprint than we do now. Well done so-called environmentalists . . .

The Cat said...

I don't think nuclear power was ever restricted by environmentalists. We simply have never had that much influence. It's the costs which have prevented nuclear from taking off. The UK government have always balked at shelling out the amounts required, just like they have balked at shelling out on new forms of renewable energy. If the environmental lobby are as powerful as you suggest why did it take 20 years for the UK government to begin even talking about climate change? Why haven't we fully committed to wind, wave and solar energies? Ask yourself that.

Loudzoo said...

Germany pulling the plug on their nuclear programme since Fukishima is entirely due to Merkel needing to keep Green party MP's onside. The environmental movement's political weight is substantial especially in places like Germany and California. Its shocking we don't have more wind, wave and solar in this country (and elsewhere) but its never going to provide the total answer if global elecricity (and overall energy) requirements continue to grow at current rates. Sure - the UK can try and cut energy use and transition to renewables but thats highly unlikely to ever be politically acceptable. More importantly that plan just isn't going to work in Africa, India and China where massive growth is required to develop these countries. They need cheap sustainable energy on a massive scale now - Thorium molten salt reactors could play a really important role in that process in a low carbon output way. Thats why I was so disappointed that you've dismissed it out of hand . . . we are on the same side here and should pursue all alternatives

Did you see the response from Baroness Worthington (Ex Friends of the Earth) ?
http://www.guardian.co.uk/environment/2011/jul/04/thorium-nuclear-power