Nuclear, CCS and renewables lobbies in joint push for “diverse energy mix”. Apart from its many other problems, nuclear power is a hindrance, not a help in the fight against climate change. Nuclear power diverts attention, effort, and large amounts of money away from renewables and the conservation of energy, where those resources would be more effectively spent. In Germany much of the push towards a clean non-nuclear energy transition has come from a bottom-up approach at the local level. More than 500 new renewable energy cooperatives have sprung up In the past five years alone.
Rather than the future of the energy debate being about a vision of how big nuclear and renewables companies can co-operate together – let’s make it about how we can implement a local energy revolution; where everyone can afford to live in a warm house; where local authorities and communities can generate an income from co-operatively owned energy schemes and we don’t have to worry about what we’re going to do with the waste.
For a longer version of this article see Spinwatch 8th November 2012.