Sunday 25 February 2018

Rubbishing renewable energy sources does not help debate

Patricia O'Shea and Siobhan Dillon from Kilgarvan national School in County Kerry at The Bord Gais Energy Global Wind Day at the Kilgarvan Wind Farm, Co. Kerry. Photo: Don MacMonagle
Patricia O'Shea and Siobhan Dillon from Kilgarvan national School in County Kerry at The Bord Gais Energy Global Wind Day at the Kilgarvan Wind Farm, Co. Kerry. Photo: Don MacMonagle

Kevin Myers's recent article, 'Wind is a waste of capital -- but at least it makes the Greens feel good' (Irish Independent, June 10), made me smile. The burning of fossil fuels to generate electricity is not sustainable. We need to find alternative ways to generate electricity.

On nuclear power, Mr Myers is right. It should, and likely will, play a significant role in the future generation mix of electricity supplies. However, nuclear power has been tainted by the obsessive secrecy that surrounds it.

The nuclear industry needs to be transparent on key issues such as safety, waste disposal and the subsidies it receives. As with any other source of energy, nuclear power is not the panacea to our future energy demands.

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