December 4, 2000
To the Editor, The Globe and Mail
Peter Cook sums up a central irony of the climate change debate with his
observation that, for the environmental lobby, nuclear power is really
"enemy No. 1" while greenhouse gases are "enemy No. 2."
The insanity that has Sweden shutting down an efficient and clean nuclear
plant, while being granted permission by the EU to increase greenhouse gas
emissions in order to do this, pervades the bureaucracy and NGOs
worldwide. Here in Canada it leads to prominent think tanks such as the
David Suzuki Foundation calling natural gas a "clean" fuel, despite its
emission of two-thirds as much carbon dioxide as coal.
The "anything but nuclear" approach doesn't cut it in the 21st century. As
a nuclear scientist I'm proud to support a truly sustainable technology
that furthers the goal of global development without environmental