Tuesday, June 20, 2006

Anti Nukes Release Book On Nuke Power

The Institute for Energy and Environmental Research (IEER) released a book at a press conference today at the National Press Club entitled: "Insurmountable Risks: The Dangers of Using Nuclear Power to Combat Global Climate Change." The book was written by Brice Smith, Project Scientist at IEER. He and long-time nuclear power opponent and IEER President Arjun Makhijani, left, held the press conference to refute nuclear power as a solution to climate change. AAEA disagrees with their position and questioned Makhijani and Smith during the Q&A. Makhijani even called the Global Nuclear Energy Partnership (GNEP) program an "apartheid nuclear arrangement."

Mr. Smith provided us with a complimentary copy of the book and we will review it soon. Their reliance on wind energy as a replacement for nuclear power is the weakest of their arguments. One reporter questioned how many windmills it would take to back out their estimate of 2,500 nuclear plants needed by 2050 and the number was astronomical. It is also unacceptable to single out nuclear power for opposition while accepting all other forms of electricty generation. The world needs a mix of energy sources, particularly nuclear power, to meet current and future electricity needs.

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