--- Carmelo Ruiz <[log in to unmask]> wrote:
> Date: Tue, 13 Sep 2005
> Subject: Latin America Rethinks Nuclear Energy
> Latin America Rethinks Nuclear Energy
> By Eugenio Fernández-Vázquez and Juan Pablo
> Pardo-Guerra | September 12, 2005
> Americas Program, International Relations Center
> The nuclear power option once again is appealing to
> some opinion leaders in the hemisphere as an
> alternative to fossil fuels and looming energy
> After three decades of projects in the field,
> the problems and risks of nuclear energy in Latin
> America demand we think twice before venturing down
> this slippery road. Here we present a synthesis of
> history of nuclear energy in the region and of the
> dangers that it entails.
> In Venezuela, President Hugo Chavez announced on May
> 21 that his government will start to work on the
> research and construction of nuclear reactors for
> energy production. It is, he said, “one of the ways
> diversify energy sources” and a possible solution to
> global warming and to the necessity to find
> alternatives to oil and other fossil fuels.
> Around the time of Chavez’ declarations, U.S.
> environmentalist Stewart Brand declared, after years
> of opposing the nuclear option, that he had changed
> his opinion. “It is not that something new and
> important and good happened with nuclear,” he
> explained, “It’s that something new and important
> bad has happened with climate change.”
> Everybody is aware that the current energy situation
> is unsustainable in the medium term. The solution
> proposed by Chavez and Brand is, nevertheless, like
> covering one hole while digging another one. The
> danger resides in the fact that the nuclear hole is
> especially big and difficult to close, due to its
> environmental, economic, and geopolitical
> implications. It is also a solution that was already
> applied in Latin America, and failed.
> Nuclear Energy in Latin America: 4 Countries, 7
> Facilities, 1 Failure
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