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Saturday, December 17, 2005
Firstly, there is a new opinion poll if you scroll down the right side and a new 'warmonger of the week' just below.

As for 'what do you think?' then it is about Nuclear Power this week. There is a (phoney) debate on in the UK at the moment about how best can we maintain energy supply given that oil and gas are running out. The government seems to be pushing the nuclear option and even suggesting that it is the 'green' choice. They are also saying that nowadays it is possible to do it safely. Just after they said this there is a radiation leak in Chechnya. It is true to say that it is unlikely that the current demand for energy could be met by renewable sources. So I think the only option available is actually a massive reduction in energy use. No government will suggest this, because it is not a vote-winner. So what's to do? What do you think?

Here's what bLIAR and Greenpeace had to say about it

For some very good articles about it read Monbiot's pieces here and here. Much of the info in these articles is UK specific but the issues are general.
posted by michael the tubthumper @ 7:05 pm  
  • At 7:47 pm, Blogger mikevotes said…

    Bush tried to push the Nuclear power as green last year sometime, but with his current standing, I think it's dead.


  • At 1:52 pm, Blogger michael the tubthumper said…

    unfortunately i think the deal is already done here and the debate is just a fraud

  • At 5:59 pm, Blogger GraemeAnfinson said…

    It would be nice if they told people to simply conserve energy. Like you said though, that won't get any votes. It also probably wouldn't go over well with their corporate masters as well.

  • At 6:13 pm, Blogger Newsguy said…

    The real solution would be an international population control agreement. We went through beaurocratic hoops to adopt our son 14 years ago. Meanwhile any old couple can just pop out a couple of babies, no problem, whether they can afford to take care of them or not. I think people should have to get a license to reproduce. Meanwhile, I also think the sane solution is for couples to choose not to have children and adopt. There are plenty of orphans who need parents.

    And if this appears to be off the subject, consider: Fewer people in the world would equal less need for energy, a lighter footprint on the planet, and a better life for everyone.

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