Reknown Australian scientist (in biology and paleontology) Tim Flannery has spent the last few years researching alternative energy sources, and writing his book on climate, The Weathermakers
. I haven't read any reviews of his popular science book, but I do know it is suggested reading for one of the meteorology subjects at the Uni of Melbourne. Regardless, Flannery has come out fully supporting nuclear power much to the chagrin of others
:Greens Senator Bob Brown has rejected scientist Tim Flannery's call for nuclear power to be used to combat climate change.In a weekend newspaper article Dr Flannery says nuclear power is a clean source of energy.But Senator Brown says nuclear power should not replace fossil fuels."Energy efficiency and solar power and new energy, renewable modes are the answer and that's where we've got to go," he said.
If it's possible (or rather, feasible) to hamper global warming by using alternative energy, by all means we should adopt alternative energy means. But the sad reality of is that alternative energy means such as wind and solar do not guarantee to give sustainable base-power to industries. It's all good running your house on solar power (you can actually make some money if you generate too much), but your average aluminium smelter needs something a little more reliable.
The linked article also mentions anti-nuclear campaigner and pediatrician, Dr Helen Caldicott, who the article claims is a Nobel Prize winner. Slightly misleading since it was an organisation she worked for
that was awarded the Nobel Prize (for the admirable cause of prevention of nuclear war), and not her. Wiki says the follwoing on the Caldicott
:Caldicott claimed that the Hershey Foods Corporation produced chocolate carrying strontium 90 because of the proximity of the Three Mile Island disaster to Hershey's Pennsylvania factory. According to Caldicott, strontium 90 that fell on the Pennsylvania grass found its way into the milk of the local dairy cows. Caldicott provided no evidence to support her claim and specialists in the field consider it an absurd, irresponsible claim. According to EPA reports, Strontium 90 was not among the radionuclides emitted by Three Mile Island as only gases were emitted.
What a highly reliable "expert" she is. Regardless, the power generation, and subsequent curtailing of global warming, are rather complex issues. I personally think it's quite feasible to create undeniably safe nuclear power-stations - we could always ask the French for advice since they have 79% nuclear power. Whether we should is another question. Still, it does not mean that fear-mongers like Caldictott can so blatantly mislead the public.