Serious discussion on energy issues
It is good news to see serious discussion of energy issues in recent editions of the Guardian. This is one of the defining issues of our time, particularly in view of the consensus reached at the Paris conference. Unless we want to carry on as normal, we have to make big changes in the way we generate and use energy. Consequently I have to endorse Alan Holman (16th Jan) in his call for large scale tidal power to be seriously studied in the Bay of Fundy. The potential is enormous and a yet a great deal of work still needs to be done.
I also endorse John Barrett of the Canadian Nuclear Association (Jan. 15th) in his advocacy for nuclear power. To those who are terrified of this technology, I would urge them to read widely on the matter and make the discovery that this is a proven, safe and carbon-free source of large scale base load power, despite the 2 examples we have of what can go wrong. Nuclear power has harmed so few humans compared to the millions who die annually from the emissions of coal-fired stations.
I do not hear that most people have grasped the urgent need for new sources of that basic necessity for a modern world, abundant base load electric power. It is high time we understood that fact. Then our politicians will act. Peter Noakes, Charlottetown