Friday 20 April 2018

The debate on Irish nuclear power should be fuelled by pragmatism

A reliable source of electricity that helps cut carbon emissions may be a no-brainer for Britain, but not here

Fair play to Energy, etc Minister Eamon Ryan for putting a lot of people right about electricity. You cannot tell where it has come from -- if indeed it has "come" from anywhere.

I knew of an old lady once who removed the lightbulbs every night in case electricity leaked out of them and added to her ESB bills. I kind of understood her reasoning, but not that of those who fretted that we would be "importing" nuclear-generated electricity through the undersea cables to Great Britain.

One can write a cheque to a nuclear power company, of course, or to Scottish & Southern who have just bought the Irish wind energy company, Airtricity, and who derive so much of their power from hydro and other renewables.

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