Fukushima nuclear plant: The tragedy there shouldn't cause us to abandon nuclear power.

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April 13 2011 5:47 PM

Yes, Nukes

The tragedy in Japan shouldn't cause us to abandon nuclear power.

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At protests calling on politicians to respond to climate change, a cry has rung out: "No coal, no gas, no nukes, no kidding!" The harsh reality—thrown into stark relief by the Japanese disaster—is that we do not yet have the luxury of dumping coal, gas, and nuclear power. Until we can find a feasible alternative, reducing reliance on one of them means that another must take its place.

This article comes from Project Syndicate.

Bjørn Lomborg is an adjunct professor at the Copenhagen Business School and directs the Copenhagen Consensus Center. He is the author of The Skeptical Environmentalist, Cool It, and most recently How Much Have Global Problems Cost the World?