Nuclear power: If Japan and Germany don't need it, why does anyone?

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The Guardian's Damion Carrington has an interesting blog post questioning why the United Kingdom, the world's 6th largest economy, needs nuclear power if countries with larger economies have chosen to go without.

"If the third and fourth biggest economies in the world believe they can cut their carbon emissions and keep the lights on without building nuclear power stations, then why can't the sixth? That's the question I am asking after Japan (3rd) yesterday followed Germany (4th) in
abandoning their plans for a new generation of nuclear reactors in the aftermath of the catastrophe at Fukushima. In contrast, the UK (6th) remains committed to building a new fleet of reactors."

It's a good question, and Carrington explains why he believes there are low carbon alternatives to nuclear.

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