Nuclear energy not preferred in US: expert

March 24th, 2008 - 11:09 pm ICT by admin  

Mumbai, March 24 (IANS) In the US, manufacturing units and private enterprises prefer smart energy solutions to meet their production needs instead of going for thermal or nuclear energy systems, said Carl Pope, director of American environmental rights group Sierra Club. Speaking to reporters here Monday, Carl Pope, who is on a whistle-stop visit to India, said: “We consider that the so-called debate on Indo-US nuclear deal as a distraction from the gut issues. The real issue hovers on the usage of nuclear energy.”

Elaborating on the theme, Pope, author of trailblazer “Hazardous Waste in America”, said: “Private sector is just not investing in nuclear energy systems. It is not the preferred mode of energy in contemporary times.”

According to him, “In the US, we and other similar minded groups managed to weave an awareness among the people as well as among the private enterprises. In India, I feel that the government should take the onus on itself in this matter. That is why I am going to Delhi where I intend to meet bureaucrats, ministers and environmental activists.”

Speaking on the ecological degradation and global warming, Pope said as the Kyoto Protocol and Bali Mandate, two UN-sponsored global ecological meetings, have adopted the goal to limit the rise in global temperatures to not more than two degrees Celsius and keep greenhouse gas level under control, the corporate world in India should adhere to it.

For this, he said, the country’s business houses must take precautionary measures to ensure that the ecology remains uncorrupted.

Moreover, he said: “The US is greatly responsible for corrupting the atmospheric structure of the world as also widening of the ozone layer due to harnessing of energy from nuclear and other conventional sources of power.”

Hence, the growing economies like India and China should be aware of contributing to causing imbalance in the global ecology by unduly developing the carbon emitting sources of power, he said.

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