Pablo Díaz de Rábago
March 10, 2007
As a teenage student in Austria, 1982, I came to see the first “Atomkraft, Nein Danke” sticker. At first , I could not understand the social reaction to nuclear plants in Austria and Germany. Later, the Three-Mile Island incident and the Tschernobil meltdown put some sense of perspective in the claim nuclear energy was dangerous.
However, the dangers of nuclear plants have evolved, probably not as much as computer power has -compare, for example an Apple II computer of the late eighties to a Backberry today-, but to a standard that makes dangers technically manageable and thus politically acceptable. In this respect see the comments on the Tschernobil technology. The link nuclear danger – Tschernobil is like comparing today car safety – Ford model T.
Still, the left (Socialist) and the Green have not, until recently, started to regard (albeit privately) the possibility of endorsing nuclear power and only in the new light of the global warming threat. See in this respect the change of heart of the author of the GAIA theory, James Lovelock one of the brains behind green political activity. But public endorsement is still not there yet.
Another way to look at atomic energy is what it will mean if it replaces carbon fuels in the European Energy mix. As mentioned by James Lovelock, other alternative energy sources (solar, wind and hydro) are not economical and therefore the only true shift is to nuclear.
To me, this is the correct perspective for the political stalemate and for the right decision.
A new and serious bet for nuclear by Europe (Germany, Spain, Italy) is the right incentive for Russia and for the Middle East to sense that oil and gas rents better be employed in educating their people and promoting sustainable economic models based on labor (instead of commodities) and self-sustainability.
Being able to limit dependence from Russia and the Middle East is what the game is about. Are the German, Spanish and Italian Socialists willing to take the step?
I suggest, as always, a serious positioning by the Socialist parties and a formal European backing for the new nuclear age. Maybe then we can look at a brighter future for our mother Earth.
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