CLIMATE change is now a top concern for voters. The race for the UK to achieve net zero emissions is intensifying, with the Conservative Government legislating to achieve this by 2050, but rival political parties pledging a more ambitious timetable. Boris Johnson has promised a ‘clean energy revolution’. Well, we are going to need all the forms of carbon-free energy sources we can find. And the UK should be fully behind nuclear power. Replacing fossil fuels with entirely renewable energy sources on the timescale that is needed is a monumental challenge, and not one that doesn’t come with setbacks – notably, the issue of intermittency. Nuclear power generation produces no carbon emissions, and unlike renewables, it isn’t plagued with the problem of intermittent power generation. But it is plagued with something else: public hostility. Those who are hostile towards nuclear power typically hold two major concerns: safety and waste. When you compare the death rate from energy production per TWh (terawatt hour) of different energy sources worldwide, it becomes clear that nuclear power is actually one of the safest forms of energy generation in existence today.
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