Reaction Time: Climate Change and the Nuclear Option
is a book by Professor Ian Lowe
which was officially launched by science broadcaster Robyn Williams
at the Brisbane Writers' Festival on 15 September 2007. The book is about energy policy
and Lowe explains that nuclear power
does not make sense on any level: economically, environmentally, politically or socially.
Ian Lowe, AO, explains that energy is essential for civilised living, yet the current approach of basing our energy-intensive lifestyle on fossil fuels is unsustainable. We need to make fundamental changes if our society is to survive. But "the nuclear option does not make sense on any level: economically, environmentally, politically or socially. It is too costly, too dangerous, too slow and has too small an impact on global warming." That is why many developed countries are rejecting nuclear power in favour of renewable energy and improved energy efficiency.
- "Promoting nuclear power as the solution to climate change is like advocating smoking as a cure for obesity. That is, taking up the nuclear option will make it much more difficult to move to the sort of sustainable, ecologically healthy future that should be our goal.
Professor Lowe is one of Australia's leading commentators on science and the environment and is the Emeritus professor of Science, Technology and Society
at Griffith University
and the President of the Australian Conservation Foundation