Attila the Pun
Tuesday, June 01, 2004
Nuclear powered loony

I better start by saying that I am not giving this article by James Lovelock any sort of credence. After all, Lovelock is an "independent scientist and the creator of the Gaia hypothesis of the Earth as a self-regulating organism."

"Independent scientist" means never having to be peer reviewed.

He trots out the usual 'doom is coming' scenarios that you can read on any other hippy website, and even considers humans to be "in some ways are like a planetary disease".

Furthermore, he thinks that

"There is a chance we may be saved by an unexpected event such as a series of volcanic eruptions severe enough to block out sunlight and so cool the Earth."

Not to mention kill millions of people, but what the hell.

But where he deviates from the usual Green mantra is in his suggestions of what needs to be done. Wind and solar power?

"there is no chance that the renewables, wind, tide and water power can provide enough energy"

So what is the answer James?

Nuclear Power.

He writes that:

"Opposition to nuclear energy is based on irrational fear fed by Hollywood-style fiction, the Green lobbies and the media. These fears are unjustified, and nuclear energy from its start in 1952 has proved to be the safest of all energy sources."

It is a shame that this is the only sensible thing written in an article that when it isn't wishing a volcanic death on us all, is warning of the dangers of "that all pervasive carcinogen, oxygen."

Oh and by the way, this isn't from a Greens website, or one man's personal site, it is from The Independent, nominally a paper for grown ups.

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