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George Monbiot vs Helen Caldicott on the future of nuclear energy #1

George Monbiot vs Helen Caldicott on the future of nuclear energy #1

(8:35) Guardian columnist and environmentalist George Monbiot discusses the nuclear fallout from Fukushima with Australian physician, author, and anti-nuclear advocate Dr Helen Caldercott. It's a complicated argument between a bad and a much worse technology, nuclear vs coal, and which scientific evidence to believe.

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Caladon Caladon (2441 days ago)
The renewables would have to be put over every square foot of the country and off each coast to feed the demand. It just won't happen. NP is reliable, clean and safe. But ONLY if the safety procedures are in place. What happened in Japan won't happen in Europe. The only failure would be human failure, like Chernobyl.
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The renewables would have to be put over every square foot of the country and off each coast to feed the demand. It just won't happen. NP is reliable, clean and safe. But ONLY if the safety procedures are in place. What happened in Japan won't happen in Europe. The only failure would be human failure, like Chernobyl.
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Caladon Caladon (2443 days ago)
Discussing future catastrophies isn't a great debateable point as every scenario is different, although the outcome the same. NP needs stringent controls but will always be safer, relatively, than coal and guarantees energy over renewable. Although, renewable and NP can, and must, go hand in hand over the next 50 years.
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Discussing future catastrophies isn't a great debateable point as every scenario is different, although the outcome the same. NP needs stringent controls but will always be safer, relatively, than coal and guarantees energy over renewable. Although, renewable and NP can, and must, go hand in hand over the next 50 years.
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But risk assessment is necessary. Coal has far more accidents, but the effects are relatively small. A disaster like Fukushima in the middle of any European country would have left a vast space inhabitable (remember that most of the fallout came down over the ocean). But data is not sufficient to estimate probability of DBA's or worse. IMHO renewables are the only long-term alternative.
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But risk assessment is necessary. Coal has far more accidents, but the effects are relatively small. A disaster like Fukushima in the middle of any European country would have left a vast space inhabitable (remember that most of the fallout came down over the ocean). But data is not sufficient to estimate probability of DBA's or worse. IMHO renewables are the only long-term alternative.
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