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James Lovelock on Germany's Nuclear Phaseout

James Lovelock, the originator of the Gaia Theory and a prominent pro-nuclear environmentalist was interviewed by the Guardian today. He was as provocative as always, and had this to say about Germany's planned phase-out of nuclear energy:
"It looks to me as if the green ideas they have picked up now could be just as damaging. They are burning lignite now to try to make up for switching off nuclear. They call themselves green, but to me this is utter madness."
How mad is it? Click here for a piece from Brad Plumer of the Washington Post.

Comments

Anonymous said…
Good for Germany!
I too once thought nuclear power was the only way forward and then Fukushima happened...
I would sooner let fairly harmless co2 become more abundant rather than radiation kill every life form on this planet. Historic evidence shows co2 rises and falls regardless if it is created by man or not.
Albert Einstein warned us about Uranium, we’ve ignored him and now we will all die as a result!
Power from Uranium is floored through and through but we still plough head-on into extinction.
Shut down ALL of these non-stoppable death machines (if we can) before it is too late!
mf said…
then you should know this: burning coal is the most significant source of man-made radiation in the atmosphere. Ans not just any radiation, but alpha emitters that you inhale.
jimwg said…
Anonymous, do some non-Greenpeace recommended research, uh?
Sigh!

James Greenidge
Queens NY
It's all very well to be wise after the event. James Lovelock may be very wise but not necessarily right. What we have to ask ourselves is whether the historical record of nuclear power has sufficient empirical data to prove it is within a statistically reliable level of reasonable risk. It only takes one catastrophic event to render these speculative hypotheses utterly unacceptable, so since Fukushima may already be that event, we have no other choice than to seek alternative means of energy procurement. It may be unwelcome but it is necessary. Fukushima remains an enormous threat since even the gravity of the health "fallout" from Chernobyl is still disputed. We are playing with dice, without the instinctive skills to read the warning signs. The problem is basically twofold: the first is the abject precocity of our pretensions to knowledge, but the second is the level of PR disinformation spun out by the international nuclear-weapons cartel. We need to heed the most reliable data on Fukushima, and ignore the blandishments of those vested interests that could destroy our biospheric habitat, endangering all life on earth from sheer ignorance and hubris. Who are these authorities? They are not gods, but children playing with forces they cannot possibly understand nor control...
moriarty said…
Germany's only right in scrapping conventional nuclear power; she needs to replace it with thorium though as this is the safe form. Meltdown proof and leaves no long lived waste. Replacing nuclear with fossil fuels is indeed madness.
moriarty said…
Nuclear power is indeed the only way forward, but it needs to be liquid fluoride thorium reactors instead of conventional nuclear power. Germany's current stance is madness indeed to be scrapping nuclear power altogether.

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