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Published by: Walt Robbins on Aug 06, 2010
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 TIPPING POINTThe beginning of the end of nuclear powerThe world’s powerful nuclear establishment took a big public relations hit in July, 2010.The UN Environment Programme (UNEP) and the International Energy Agency-backedRenewable Energy Policy Network for the 21st Century (REN21) project, declared that, for thesecond year in a row, the quantity of “newly installed capacity” of renewable energy in Europeand the U.S. outpaced that for fossil fuels and nuclear. The report suggests the same outcome islikely on a global basis by next year.As reported in the July 15, 2010 Report on Business section of the Toronto Globe and Mailnewspaper, the report stated that green energy has “reached a clear tipping point” as the mainkind of new electricity supply.Green energy includes such sources as wind power, solar energy, biomass, geothermal, hydropower, ocean wave and tidal power. Also, energy conservation technology could be considered amajor form of green energy.Of course, it will be many years before the tipping point becomes an overwhelming reality. Butthe trend is quite clear. A comprehensive system of green energy and conservation alternatives israpidly developing around the world.Some countries continue to plan for more nuclear energy projects, e.g., China and Russia andeven the U.S. But it can take a decade or more to build nuclear plants, whereas many greenenergy and conservation projects can be completed in a much shorter period of that time. Also, itis likely that countries now planning more nuclear energy will be unable to proceed with many of their projects for financial, design and safety reasons.There are many downsides to nuclear power generation. To mention a few, it requires fabricationprocesses which cause noxious emissions and greenhouse gasses, uses non-renewable and evermore costly uranium deposits with increasing amounts of energy inputs, emits radioactive tritiuminto the air and water, requires massive public loans and subsidies, contributing greatly to the

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