Nuclear Power is Not a Solution to Global Warming
However we look at it, we will not secure the supply of sustainable energy on which the planet depends, without a role for nuclear power.
Brown beseeches Iran to "work with us" and promises to support Iran's civilian nuclear power program if Iran "cooperates."
Brown is promoting the idea that any country desiring nuclear power should have it, but that we need to set up new international institutions to monitor such expansions in nuclear energy. International institutions don't have a great track record. And the current model, that the most powerful countries get the most say in these institutions, just makes the weaker countries more angry and desiring of the nuclear goodies, including weapons.
Meanwhile, the British Defense secretary John Hutton says,
Nuclear proliferation is perhaps the greatest security challenge the world faces at the moment.
The only way the United States, Britain, and other nuclear powers can lead the way against proliferation is by stopping our nuclear weapons programs AND our civilian energy programs.
Human beings are simply not reliable enough to husband nuclear energy programs. And though the technology seems efficient by making lots of energy without carbon emissions, we can't forget the waste that comes as a by-product. Noone has ever come up with a solution for storing that waste safely.
Obviously global warming is a problem. Let's focus on ways of solving it that don't cause other very dangerous outcomes.