Monday, April 30, 2007

IPCC to Endorse Nuclear as Means to Fight Climate Change

From the Bangkok Post:

The United Nations Inter-governmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) which gathers in Bangkok this week is expected to throw its weight behind nuclear energy as a means of mitigating global warming, media reports said Sunday.

"In addition to renewable energy sources, nuclear power will be recommended by scientists as a lesser evil in terms of global warming," Wanum Permpibul of the Climate Action Group said.

On Monday through Friday, 80 of the world's leading experts on climate change will meet in Bangkok to debate the IPCC Fourth Assessment Report to 150 state representatives on policy recommendations to mitigate the impact of global warming, blamed primarily on consumption of carbon-based fuels such as oil, natural gas and coal.

The final report, after what is expected to be a heated debate among participants, will be made public on Friday.
That will be Thursday night our time, so we should have the details ready by Friday morning.

Thanks to Ruth Sponsler from We Support Lee for the pointer.

1 comment:

kconrad said...

Nuclear power is NOT carbon-free. Plants don't just miraculously appear out of nowhere. From front-to-end, tons of carbons are emitted to construct, operate, and decommission nukes. Mining, milling, enrichment of uranium uses enormous amounts of electricity.

Nukes carry a "deficit" when they come online and must operate at FULL power over the course of decades to make up for all the carbons emitted prior to, during and after their existance. What plants can do that?