Barry Brook and Martin Nicholson have contributed an Australian op-ed that very succinctly makes the case to scale up deployment of new nuclear power plants. This is a good article to archive so you can print or email it to people who need to understand the nuclear case – before it is too late.
(…) I should point out that itâ€™s deliberately pitched in a way to get the general public thinking more carefully about nuclear power and the alternatives. Although itâ€™s not made abundantly clear in the article, Iâ€™m actually increasingly of the view that Gen III+ reactors will have a major role to play in large-scale nuclear deployment over the next two to three decades, to support the ramp up of the Gen IV fleet (more on this in later IFR FaD posts). But making this point credibly in a short Op Ed like this would have left room for nothing else, and also would have risked been seen as â€™same old, same oldâ€™ by the nuclear power fence sitters (or those who are â€˜weak antisâ€™). Hence an emphasis on Gen IV, to try to hook the fresh fish.
Iâ€™d be interested to hear whether you think weâ€™ve struck the right balance here.