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Nuclear green

Nuclear energy is the only technology capable of meeting the world's expanding needs safely, without contributing to global warming. But misplaced fears about weapons proliferation, nuclear waste and another "Chernobyl" are preventing politicians from plain speaking

By John Ritch   March 1999

My thesis is simple: in the next century mankind must harness the nuclear genie if our energy needs are to be met and our security preserved. We have made great progress towards this end in nuclear diplomacy and nuclear technology, but politics lags far behind. Nowhere is this disparity more visible than in the anti-nuclear stance of the new German government.

Indeed, on the eve of the 21st century, we face an acute green paradox. In the industrial democracies, those most concerned about the potentially cataclysmic effect of pouring billions of tonnes of greenhouse gases into the atmosphere are essentially…

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