Se­ri­ous dis­cus­sion on en­ergy is­sues

The Guardian (Charlottetown) - - EDITORIAL -

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

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