[ Brendan Hoffman, an energy expert with the U.S.-based advocacy group Public Citizen] argued that a better investment of public money would be in improvements in energy efficiency and conservation using simple, existing technologies like energy saving light bulbs, better house insulation, and replacing electric water heaters with solar units.On a final note, let me also say that I hope Eric and his fellow NEI bloggers do feel welcome to continue this debate. We've gotten a little heated recently, but I'm still a native Southerner who wants to make sure my guests feel like guests...
The Rocky Mountain Institute, a non-profit energy research organisation, has calculated that improvements in energy efficiency are six times more cost effective than nuclear power and eliminate the need for all existing nuclear plants and any future ones.
''All of this could be done without any changes to our way of life,'' said Hoffman.
Why the push for nuclear power? In Hoffman's view, because ''the nuclear industry are major donors to Bush Republicans and have a direct channel to power in Washington.''
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