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‘Nuclear energy is nearing to its irrelevance’: Dr John Byrne

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  • Sukla Sen
    http://www.thehindu.com/news/national/nuclear-energy-is-nearing-to-its-irrelevance/article4336430.ece#.UQAIgtLxCjg.gmail Mumbai, January 23, 2013 ‘Nuclear
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      Mumbai, January 23, 2013 �Nuclear energy is nearing to its irrelevance� Staff

      The nuclear energy throughout the world is nearing to its irrelevance, said
      Dr. John Byrne, Director of the Centre for Energy and Environmental Policy
      (CEEP) and a distinguished Professor of University of Delaware, U.S. on
      Wednesday. Dr. Byrne has contributed to the Intergovernmental Panel on
      Climate Change (IPCC) since 1992 and shares the 2007 Nobel Peace Prize with
      the IPCC researchers.

      Dr. Byrne, who is on a 12-day tour to India, held a meeting with the
      villagers of area in and around the proposed Jaitapur nuclear Power Plant
      (JNPP). �It seems the people have a number of unanswered questions. The
      answers provided to them and the risks or other implications of the project
      are not clear at all. People want to know the reason for bringing this
      project here,� he said, in a press conference organised by Greenpeace,
      after the meeting with villagers and anti-nuclear power activists.

      Making his stand against nuclear energy clear, Dr. Byrne said, �This
      technology (nuclear) has a record of unanticipated accidents because of its
      complex nature. The economic investment required to build and operate the
      plant is huge and the ecological risks associated with the nuclear plant
      cannot be denied,� he said. In particular, he noted the repeated negative
      advisories from credit rating agencies regarding nuclear power.
      �Considering all the negative sides of the nuclear energy and the available
      options of renewable energy sources such as solar and wind, the nuclear
      energy is nearing to its irrelevance,� he said.

      According to Dr. Byrne, the evidence from scientific community in Japan
      shows that nuclear accident in Fukushima after the earthquake and tsunami
      has its roots in the technology and management related issues. �These were
      the problems which were not anticipated even by the well-learned
      technicians from Japanese nuclear industry,� he alleged.

      Comparing the option of solar energy to nuclear, he said the former is more
      sustainable. �But right now the solar energy is restricted for individual
      uses. There has been no cost-effective model in case of solar energy to
      build a plant which will benefit larger population. We are working on such
      model, but I am sure that in future, such model will be developed,� he

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