“Nuclear energy is not a quick-fix solution for South Africa’s energy shortages”, said Minister of Energy Dipuo Peters on Monday. “We in South Africa have to understand that nuclear is not a quick fix solution but a long term method to address the energy crisis and climate change challenge,” she said in a speech prepared for delivery at the second regional conference on Energy and Nuclear Power in Africa, held in Cape Town.
But the issue is far from settled. Is nuclear power the answer for South Africa and our warming planet? Or is it too expensive and dangerous to satisfy our future energy needs?
Interest in nuclear power is heating up, as the hunt intensifies for “green” alternatives to coal. Even some environmentalists have come on board, citing the severity of the global-warming threat to explain their embrace of the power source. Read more