26 Apr '11, 7am

Unsure about nuclear power? Here are the 5 questions you must answer to decide:

Unsure about nuclear power? Here are the 5 questions you must answer to decide:

Chernobyl begs a lot of questions 25 years later. Photo: Pedro Moura Pinheiro Cross-posted from The Guardian . Containing the elemental forces that rage inside a nuclear reactor is one of the great achievements of science, but losing control, as happened 25 years ago today at Chernobyl , is one of its greatest failures. So what to think of nuclear power? People often ask me if I support or oppose the building of new nuclear power stations, presuming that because of my job, I'll know the answer. If only it were that easy. Until the disaster at the Fukushima nuclear plant, I would say I was 51 percent in favor, on the basis that we need all the low-carbon electricity we can get to avoid the worst impacts of climate change, and that I tend to trust scientists, having been one. But 51 percent in favor is a pretty unsatisfactory position -- it's 1 percent off "I don't know." Su...

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