The Green movement has traditionally been against nuclear power, however as emissions and demand increase, nuclear is being considered by some as a lesser evil.
Regardless of the philosophical and ethical debate around nuclear power, there is no disagreement amongst environmental campaigners on the need to ultimately live as pollution free as possible.
Green theorists are charged with the duty of providing the alternatives that can sustain energy supply to a populating and increasingly demanding world. Filling the gap between the carbon-era and green idealism has long been a thorn in the side of the environmental movement.
No definite consensus exists since the green movement is not a singular political entity, rather a spectrum of opinion on how best to tackle environmental issues. Although few within this group are pro-nuclear, many are considering nuclear energy as an uncomfortable but potentially necessary reality.
Such a concession rests on the assumption that civilisation will operate in the future as it does now. Rather, greater awareness of global warming could initiate extensive change in how we view our relationship with energy. Today, most of us live as if energy was an infinite resource, carelessly leaving lights on and driving vehicles unnecessarily, in the realisation that few of us are likely to see the damage in our life-time.
As the affects of global warming begin to scare the world community, the importance of alternative resources will become a topic on a par with the economy in terms of significance. If the issue of nuclear power is not settled now, it will be dealt with then. We are left with two possibilities, embrace nuclear power now, and in so doing avert climate change very quickly, or adjust our lifestyles in order that nuclear power will never be a requirement.
Predictably, there are downsides to the latter. Firstly, thousands of nuclear reactors across the world would be required, multiplying heavily the risk of malfunction followed by world catastrophe. Human beings are not an entirely reliable component in such a system either. An ex-postal worker, a few years ago, walked into a mailing depot with a gun as revenge for him being relieved of his position. Incidents like this happen all over the world. Given that man is so capricious and at times psychopathic, it would not have been a good ending if that individual had been fired from a nuclear power station.
We humans also have a tendency to fight with one another from time to time. It could be true that smiley, designer stubbled Ahmadinejad of Iran is in fact a man concerned about the environment and hopes to end climate change via nuclear power. This, if accurate, is a very agreeable disposition in the little man – however he also hangs people for being homosexual and approves the stoning of women convicted of merely talking to a stranger. All sorts of Hitlers and Stalins pop up on the line of history from time to time, they should not be trusted with a cocktail stick let alone Grade A Uranium.
Renewable energy systems are becoming increasingly effective over time with the introduction of capacitors allowing us to store energy for when it is not windy or sunny.
The transition to an eco- friendly civilisation will be a gradual and challenging period, but once achieved, we will at least be able to experience a nuclear-free world – where we need not live in the fear that somewhere, someone, might ‘push the button.’
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