We are at (or even beyond) a crisis point in our ability to meet our basic energy requirements. Without a large investment in viable and available energy generation, we face black-outs and societal dislocation. If (or rather when) the lights go out, people will die and industry will grind to a halt. The main victims (and there will be thousands of them) will be mainly the poor, old and frail whose gas boilers won't turn on in a sudden cold or who are reduced to fuel poverty in order to finance the useless white elephant wind turbine fleet.
Consequently, Billothewisp supports a large increase in Nuclear Power generation. It is really the only way forward to ensure we have a secure energy source while allowing us to move away from fossil fuels. Other more fashionable generating methods, such as wind power simply do not cut the mustard and are a waste of time and money.
With regard to Global Warming, I am what Anthony Watts would call a Luke Warmer. i.e. I am open to persuasion - I am not closed to rational debate. But I generally go along with the scientific majority.
But in many ways Global Warming is irrelevant to the debate whether we need nuclear power or not. We need energy. We cannot adopt a Luddite anti-technology stance without seriously damaging our children's future. We will have to build nuclear or fossil plants. Except for Hydro no other generating methodology is truly viable.
Fossil fuels are very much yesterday's technology. They are dangerous, polluting and devour resources. Modern fourth generation nuclear has the promise of freeing us from dependence on rogue states while giving us plentiful energy.
Here my list of posts on nuclear power and energy policy.
Nuclear Power, Hinkley C and Sizewell B.
Sendai Restart and an Early Christmas Gift
Sendai Nuclear Reactor Restart
Plutonium: Problem or Solution?
Lovelock: Adapt and Survive
The Merchants of Doubt
Prof. David MacKay on the laws of Physics
Fukushima - The Hidden Epidemic
Jim Hansen on Nuclear and Renewables
Denmark versus France. Place Your Bets
Fiddling While Sumatra Burns
Dead Germans Don't Count
Hansen and Nuclear Power
The Coming Dark Age (Revisited)
So Who Supports Nuclear Now?
Is Nuclear In Decline Or Not?
German Companies Dump UK Nuclear
The Ghost of Winfrith
Fukishima Cold Shutdown
Infant Mortality and Fukishima
Nuclear Accident Casualty Figures
The Windscale Fire 55 years on
Keeping the Lights On with Nuclear
European Electricity Prices Compared
The Case Against Coal
New Nuclear Sites Confirmed
Fukishima Time To Go Home
Energy Policy and the Scottish Letter
A Natural Experiment; The Fukishima Reactors
Glowing In the Dark
Superstition and Disease
Steaming Into a Crisis
Huhne and Humble Pie
The Coming Dark Age
Nuclear is the Only Viable Option
Thorium Nuclear Reactors