1999 March 30
When discussing the major contributors to air pollution today, how dare
David Suzuki mention nuclear power in the same breath as coal and trucks.
In the last thirty years nuclear power has avoided the emission of a
billion tonnes of CO2, and over a hundred million tonnes of particulate
and acid gas pollution, by displacing coal-fired electricity generation.
It is a clean and safe alternative to fossil fuels, and very much belongs
in the mix of diverse energy options that future generations can call upon
to meet their needs sustainably. These are the findings of scientific
inquiry, and by ignoring them a former scientist like David Suzuki does
a disservice to Canadians and the environment of the future.