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The Economist Debate: 'We must embrace nuclear power to solve global warming'

This debate is part of a series of Westminster Fringe debates, partnered with the Stockholm Network. This event is complimentary, however seats are limited so registration is strongly recommended.

Amongst Britain's political class there is an emerging consensus: climate change is the challenge of our time. But each party proposes different solutions, and none is more divisive than nuclear power. In the battle to reduce greenhouse gas emissions, nuclear power certainly trumps coal and gas every time. And unlike fossil fuels, uranium can be purchased from friendly and reliable countries like Canada and Australia. But at what human, environmental and economic cost would such carbon-cutting and "energy security" come? Nuclear fission was itself once considered to be a grave threat to humanity. While some prominent Greens now support nuclear power as the pragmatic answer to global warming, others argue that the associated toxic waste may prove an enduring environmental nightmare. Perhaps the most controversial aspect of the prospective nuclear renaissance lies in the economics of the technology. While the nuclear industry argues that new designs will make plants safer, cheaper and faster to build, sceptics are keeping a watchful eye on the various hidden and explicit government subsidies.


Vijay Vaitheeswaran, The Economist | talks
Paul Domjan, Stockholm Network | talks
Caroline Lucas, Green MEP | talks
Dr. Patrick Moore, Greenspirit | talks


Date and Time:

18 September 2006 at 7:15 pm


1 hour 30 minutes



Telford Theatre
One Great George Street
+44 20 7665 2323
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