Monday, November 20, 2006

On Al Gore and the Future of Nuclear Energy

Former U.S. Vice President Al Gore is in Australia promoting his documentary, An Inconvenient Truth. Over at the World Nuclear Organization blog, Ian Hore-Lacy has some dissenting thoughts.

For more on the nuclear energy debate in Australia, click here.

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1 comment:

Brian Mays said...

Hmm ... are these reporters recycling old stories and quotes (sound bites?) or is Gore just reading from the same cue card over and over?

"Nuclear power plants are the costliest to build and they take the longest time and at present they come in only one size — extra large."

It seems to me that I've heard these words before.

Wait! News flash! The situation has become more serious: apparently "at stake is nothing less than the survival of human civilisation!"

Well, grand hyperbole aside, to read this I would think the we could use a few more "extra large," emission-free 1000 MW, 1500 MW, and 1600 MW nuclear power plants. Don't you think?

Costly, you say? Well, exactly how much is "human civilisation" worth to you?

That's what's so sad about Gore. I realize that he's nothing but a politician, playing political games, but he's not even a good politician. He's not dynamic, he's stiff, he uses ridiculous, overblown rhetoric ("moral issue" and whatnot), and he leaves no room for compromise. His position on nuclear — which should be clear to anyone reading this article from Australia is in the "anti" camp — is just another example of his pathetic environmentalist hogwash, taken straight off of the scripts of various Green Left organizations.

Unless he starts promoting some real solutions — something other than "join Kyoto," which will accomplish almost nothing, since many countries who have signed the treaty are not going to meet their commitments — then he has done nothing. Well, I suppose if you have a vested interest in selling solar panels or Toyota Prius cars, then he has done something for you, but other than that ... ?