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Nel paese di Milocca

Nel paese di Milocca, racconta Luigi Pirandello, la gente rimase al buio perché i consiglio comunale votò contro i lampioni a gas. Era una spesa inutile, dissero, pare che abbiano inventato una cosa chiamata elettricità.
Da noi, in Curlandia, si litiga per il nucleare, contro il nucleare, per l'energia pulita, per il carbone.
Intanto il prezzo del petrolio e del gas continuano a crescere.
Britain to trumpet new era for nuke power
(China Daily)
Updated: 2006-07-12 06:16
British Prime Minister Tony Blair's government heralded a new era for nuclear power alongside a greater reliance on renewable sources when it released a review of Britain's energy needs.
But the long-awaited report is expected to trigger an angry response from environmentalists because any support for cleaner power, such as solar or tidal energy, will be overshadowed by the nuclear references.
The review, ordered by Blair late last year, proposed the construction of a new generation of nuclear power plants to help offset shrinking North Sea oil and gas reserves.
It also called for a five-fold increase in electricity production from renewable wind, solar, tidal and agricultural sources.
Blair wants Britain to rely more on nuclear power rather than expensive and dirty carbon fuels in a bid to combat climate change and reduce Britain's dependence on foreign energy imports.
But environmental groups argue that there are better ways to do this, such as greater investment in renewable energy and a reduction in consumption.
Trade and Industry Secretary Alistair Darling, speaking before he released the report to parliament at 1430 GMT, said nuclear power had always been part of Britain's energy mix and "should remain so."
He also warned that the amount of electricity generated by atomic energy would fall from 20 per cent to 6 per cent in the next 20 years as ageing nuclear power stations are closed.
If action is not taken to fill the resulting gap in supply more gas will have to be imported, often from unstable parts of the world, Darling said.
"I don't think renewables can fill the whole gap," he told BBC radio.
The Observer newspaper at the weekend said the government's review would conclude that nuclear power was economically viable and should play a role in future energy requirements.
Without nuclear power, Britain's dependence on gas would rise from 38 per cent to 55 per cent by 2020, with up to 90 per cent of this imported, largely from unstable regions such as the Middle East, Central Asia, Africa and Russia, it reported, citing a final draft of the review.

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Pubblicato il 13/7/2006 alle 14.32 nella rubrica Strudel.

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