Nuclear power is the way not to go

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From Brian Le Fondré.

MESSRS Messiter and Kisch, in their letters to the JEP on 26 January, both advocate potentially toxic nuclear power as the way forward to generate Jersey’s electricity in the future.

When one considers the fact that the nuclear power programme was first introduced to help mainly in the development of atomic bombs, it beggars belief that these two gentlemen should even consider this as an option for our Island.

Just think of the lasting devastating effects of that nuclear accident at Chernobyl some years ago. Even today, children from that area come to Jersey for a month’s holiday to try to restore their failing health. To suggest that we build a nuclear power station on the nearby Paternosters is just incredible.

It’s bad enough having a nuclear power station on the coast of Normandy 30 miles or so away with the potential for another nuclear disaster which could render our Island uninhabitable for thousands of years to come, but also to have the pollution of the seas around our Island with radioactive waste pumped into the sea continually from the associated French reprocessing plant as well as its adverse effects on marine life leaves much to be desired.

I am in total agreement with local engineer Ron Davey in his recent letter to the JEP supporting the proposal for a barrage in St Aubin’s Bay, coupled with an electricity storage system (Regenesys). That would make us totally self-sufficient with regard to our electricity supply, even when the tides were not suitable to operate the barrage turbines.

Note: The cost of electricity which would have been generated by my barrage scheme in 1981 would have been around 3.5p per unit and could have been fixed at this level as the costs involved in running the system would also have been totally independent of world energy prices over the years.

Now is the time to press ahead with tidal power for Jersey. It is obviously the best option for our future electricity supplies, especially as the Island becomes more and more dependent on electricity for home heating, lighting and running non-polluting electric cars, as well as producing a cleaner environment for future generations to live in.

As a point of interest, the total cost of the proposed 2009 barrage would be no more than the cost of one of the Royal Navy’s Type 45 destroyers.

Even the most powerful man in the world, the president of the United States of America, Barack Obama, has been quoted as saying that renewables are the only way forward for mankind to survive.

6 Fair Oaks,

St Clement.

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