Letter Rae Street: In Weatherwatch (9 July), Paul Brown highlighted the risks to nuclear power stations with climate change. As he pointed out, nuclear reactors are not a reliable source of base load power. The increasing number of heatwaves threatens their supply of cooling water, particularly in France, which exports electricity. In the UK, reactors use sea water, but there are dangers ahead there, too, with the risk of flooding from rising sea levels. Add to that the whopping costs and the dangers of terrorist attacks, technical failures, human error and radioactive contamination, and it is difficult to understand why politicians are supporting “new build” nuclear reactors. Why are they not choosing to put money and resource into sustainable energy sources?
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