Worldwide Countries Agree (Except the U.S.) – Nuclear Power is the Key to Energy Future
Despite some concerns over the safety, cost and environmental issues associated with nuclear power, experts meeting in Abu Dhabi agree that nuclear power has a major role to play in the future global energy mix. “I’m a firm believer that the nuclear energy has a critical role to play in meeting future energy demands.” says Ken Petrunik, adviser to the chief executive of the Emirates Nuclear Energy Corporation. “Public support is a key factor in making a decision to going ahead with nuclear power. Eighty percent 80% of the population in the United Arab Emirates (UAE) believe that nuclear energy is important for the nation.” Mr. Petrunik was speaking at the World Future Energy Summit in Abu Dhabi on Jan. 22, 2014, ref. 1.
Mr. Petrunik said: “Nuclear power was essential to meeting the UAE’s future energy needs and to reduce greenhouse gas emissions. Around the world, (with the exception of the United States, author insert), countries are looking at nuclear energy for the same reasons as the UAE, that is to reduce global warming, to increase energy security and energy independence. We have our first two nuclear plants under construction, on schedule and on budget. We plan to break ground in late 2014 for two more nuclear plants.”, ref. 1.
Energy demands around the world are growing at a rapid pace. “They are expected to keep growing and climate change is an ever pressing issue” said: Matt Brown, director of Poyry Management Consulting in the UK. “In a transparent world, nuclear energy has to learn to be trusted. That means open exchange of opinions. The key is public acceptance and dialogue with stakeholders of what the future balance of energy supply should be”, was the message from Roger Hayes, senior counselor at the communications company APCO Worldwide in the UK. ref. 1.
Why do the current U.S. energy plans, to meet future clean energy needs, disagree with the plans of worldwide energy experts? Can wind and solar energy sources compete with nuclear energy from both the standpoint of economy and baseline energy production? The answer to these questions were researched, by Brad Linscott, and are answered in the book: Renewable Energy: A Common Sense Energy Plan.” If you have an interest in your energy future, you must read this book.
Ref. 1 Malek, Caline, The National, 1-22-2014.