When today’s children are in their 40s, 9 billion people will want a decent standard of living as resources diminish. For every environmentally-friendly person, there are several thousand self-centred energy users who don’t care where it comes from, as long as it’s there 24/7.
Only one technology can meet the demands of everyone on the planet, for all of time. That technology is the breeder reactor and the cutting-edge version, ready for manufacture today, is the GE Hitachi PRISM Power Block.
Of all the issues facing the UK’s nuclear sector, the problem of plutonium is perhaps the trickiest. But a solution that could feed into a perceived need for the country to resume a position of developing and building new reactor technologies in the future is currently before the Nuclear Decommissioning Authority.
On Monday 13 May 2013, GE Spokesman Christopher White said UK authorities will decide in the next couple of weeks which of three proposals they consider to be credible. GE is competing against two other companies with different plant designs. It's mentioned in an article covering a radio interview with Tom Blees, under the title: UK considers GE's PRISM nuclear reactor design It's under 4 minutes long and well worth a listen. For anyone who hasn't got a lot of time to think about what the prospects for the UK's energy security are, it may just give you cause for a bit more optimism: WHQR News Business Brief Interviews Tom Blees.
Richard Rhodes: Pulitzer Prize Winner and author of The Making of the Atomic Bomb has, for too long, "...avoided looking at the whole picture..." Stewart Brand: His book Whole Earth Discipline begins with "We are as gods and HAVE to get good at it". Mark Shellenberger: "modernist" or "eco-pragmatist". Named a Time Magazine 'Heroes of the Environment (2008)'. Mark Lynas: Contributor to Channel 4's What the Green Movement Got Wrong" . He suggested that opposition by environmentalists, such as himself, to the development of nuclear energy had speeded up climate change.
"...can you be an environmentalist and not be pro-nuclear?.."