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Reduce Demand

One cannot agree more with Shankar Sharma (“Nuclear Power in the Context of Global Warming”, EPW, 26 April 2014) when he pleads for a society giving up unnecessary consumerism so that the energy demand may be met through sustainable and people-friendly means.

The history of human civilisation is essentially the history of harnessing energy from nature for its advancement. The reaction of nature is manifested in the form of pollution and associated risk. The severity of pollution is dependent on the amount of energy tapped and the natural source which is used. Till the last century fossil fuels were the most used source with attendant pollution of dangerous greenhouse gas emissions. The fear of fast depletion of fossil fuel due to rapid increase in energy demand led to nuclear generation with pollution of nuclear waste and associated risk. From a simplistic concept it appears that nuclear power is the answer to our ever expanding energy demand. Sharma has lucidly analysed the economic and physical non-viability of this, more so for India.

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