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Nuclear power requires obedience, as well as massive subsidy and the suppression of competition from other forms of low-carbon energy. These are not attractive platform planks in market-oriented democracies, so subterfuge in the service of political clout is also needed.
By Prof Peter A Bradford
Bulletin of the Atomic Scientists, 20th March 2016
The UK may be island based, but, as renewables expand, it will need more grid links to the continent for balancing and trade. It may have a net surplus and so could do very well selling it over supergrid interconnector links to EU countries less well endowed with renewables.
By Prof David Elliott
Environmental Research Web, 19th March 2016
In December, David Cameron joined 195 other leaders to promise ambitious action on climate change. Achieving the Paris goals requires leaving most of the world’s fossil fuel reserves in the ground. A first step must be to stop subsidising fossil fuel production.
By Craig Bennett et el
The Guardian, 15th March 2016
The slowly unfolding Hinkley Point meltdown.
By Jonathon Porritt
Jonathon Porritt's blog, 14th March 2016
Two recent programmes on BBC Radio 4 highlight a worrying anti-democratic bias in discussions of science and technology.
By Prof Andy Stirling
The Guardian, 14th March 2016
The main claim used to justify nuclear is that it’s the only low carbon power source that can supply ‘reliable, baseload electricity’, writes Mark Diesendorf – unlike wind and solar. But not only can renewables supply baseload power, they can do something far more valuable: supply power flexibly according to demand. Now nuclear power really is redundant.
By Dr Mark Diesendorf
The Ecologist, 10th March 2016
As we approach the 5th anniversary of the Fukushima emergency and 30th anniversary of the Chernobyl disaster, Spencer Wheatley, Prof Benjamin Sovacool and Prof Didier Sornette argue that the risks of another major nuclear accident are much greater than the industry believes.
By Prof Benjamin Sovacool et al
Scientists for Global Responsibility, 7th March 2016
Dr Paul Dorfman, Interview commentary on EDF Hinkley Point, BBC News at One, BBC News at Six, BBC News at Ten.
By Dr Paul Dorfman
BBC News, 7th March 2016