Nuclear Is Rightly Vanishing as an Answer to Our Energy Needs

Nuclear Is Rightly Vanishing as an Answer to Our Energy Needs
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As you know, it's been clean energy week at the FT. Well, a three-day week actually, but a conference has covered the whole energy industry. Look carefully, and you will have spotted a session on nuclear generation. By contrast, the paper's double-page spread on renewable energy ahead of the event barely had a mention of the N-word.

Nobody outside the industry now thinks the future of electricity generation is nuclear fission. The cost of building the plants to comply with safety and antiterrorism standards is rising all the time, fears of a runaway price for oil and gas now look silly, while advances in wind and solar technology are destroying those projections of ever-dearer energy.

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