I know nuclear technology cannot be 100% green, but there can be ways to reduce the harmful effects of it on the environment. Perhaps not now, but years down the road. Only research can bring such ways to us. I don't think abandoning a technology completely is a viable solution.
While there are tremendous potential hazards of using nuclear energy for various purposes, there is no doubt that nuclear energy is one of the most powerful and efficient sources of energy. I think the efficiency exceeds most of the other energy sources. Instead of bringing an end to using nuclear energy and curbing it's use, I feel there should be more research on how the technology can be made more green and how the harmful effects can be minimized. Already the world is facing shortage of energy resources and we really can't afford to give up on nuclear energy and increase the shortage.
I really feel sorry for the nuclear industry. This incident has dented the credibility of one of the most advanced industry and now the vendors will find it hard to contain the damage(metaphorical). The managers at the top suppliers for the nuclear industry to mantain their cool(metaphorical) and think this through finding other applications for the technologies they have invested in and slowly moving on to embrace the color green.
I totally agree with your point that "it’s better to think about, how we can operate it in saftey environment rather than shutting down". If we look at the pace at which both India and China are growing, its hard to generate so much of energy by just using green technology. So I guess its better to stick with nuclear energy till we get good alternatives.
@Toms, I do agree that nuclear energy cannot altogether be done away with. Also tightening the safety measures aren’t sufficient either as there have been and will always be incidents and accidents as witnessed recently.
It is certain we will always have nuclear energy in supply and the reactor plants located somewhere. However, I agree with Bolaji's statement in the article that "other countries have indicated they would either curb the growth of nuclear industry" or tighten regulation of the market.
I believe this is urgently required to minimize the negative impact and encourage more safer and environmental friendly power industry.
Bolaji, you're correct also in urging the high - tech companies and components suppliers to focus their resources on finding ways to make alternate power industry more viable and profitable. Once this begins to take full shape, there'll be less reliant on nuclear power as a source of power energy supply.
Alternative energy sources and green actions to reduce CO2 emissions are main topics in analysis and discussion, worldwide. It is only true oil represent financial incoming cash for Govs for the fact especially in Western Regions, oil or gasoline end user price holds inside a tax. Are Govs in condition to leave that kind of fresh daily cash, introducing alternative energy sources, especially right now and during current financial crisis still in place abroad?
A similar movement is also gaining momentum in India. One of proposed upcoming nuclear plant on the west coast of India was initially being opposed because of some local politics but now with the aftermath of Japan Earthquake and the effects of Tsunami on the Japanese Nuclear plant just on the sea shore have raised many a doubts even in the minds of staunch supporters of Nuclear Energy. I think the Internatioal Atomic Energy Agency should work proactively on building the future nuclear reactors which will be designed to withstand such disasters. Otherwise worldwide it will be a start of the demise of use of nuclear energy for power generation.
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