Letter Malcolm Grimston: It is ironic that just as growing numbers of environmental scientists and others have come to see the role fission can play in providing both reliable and low carbon electricity supplies, the Financial Times (“The nuclear option is vanishing”, May 27) should claim “nobody outside the nuclear industry now thinks the future of electricity generation is nuclear fission”. James Hansen, Tom Wigley, Ken Caldeira, George Monbiot, Mike Shellenberger, Stephen Tindale. As the disaster of the German Energiewende unfolds – greenhouse gas emissions up four years in five, major boost for brown coal – and the inherent implausibility of 100 per cent renewables (or anywhere close) becomes more obvious, there are many who would like to see a re-run of the “dash for nuclear” of 1975-1995 when the proportion of global energy from very low-carbon sources doubled. Since then it has been effectively static. Nuclear does face great funding challenges but very many non-industry commentators are far from ready to write it off.
FT 30th May 2017 read more »