IS it time to think the unthinkable and embrace nuclear power as the solution to the catastrophe of climate change? To many environmentalists such a suggestion is downright heresy, but the debate surrounding nuclear power and its role in arresting climate change has now been opened up with the publication of a new book by the acclaimed scientist and eco-activist Dr James Lawrence Powell. Powell argues in his new book that the world is right at the tipping point today where climate change will accelerate out of control unless action is taken immediately by governments. He refers to the year 2020 as “the point of no return”, and says that political attempts to arrest climate change, like the Paris Agreement, have not worked. If the world keeps warming as it currently is, Powell says, disaster is unavoidable. That means we have to break from fossil fuels right away. However, the dilemma, Powell says, is this: we haven’t developed our renewable energy industries to anywhere near the level required “to give them any chance of producing the amount of carbon-free energy needed to save humanity”. Trying to get to 100% renewables in a decade is “infeasible”, he says.
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