Tuesday 16 October 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.

Please sign in or register with Independent.ie for free access to Opinions.

Sign In

Today's news headlines, directly to your inbox every morning.

Don't Miss