Monday, April 24, 2006

'More power!' says India. 'No power,' says NZ.

Reading the latest National Geographic over the weekend -- the 'nuclear issue' -- tagline: It's controversial. It's scary. It might just save the Earth. -- I was particularly struck by a comment from one Baldev Raj, director of the Indira Gandhi Centre for Atomic Research.

Talking about the crucial need for power generation in India, a nation of 1.1 billion people just undergoing an Industrial Revolution, Raj outlines his country's energy policy:
Our energy policy is simple. If you have a way to make electricity, then we say, make as much as you can.
Wonderful! I'm not sure I'd want to thoroughly endorse that, particularly in the largely state-run morass of Indian power generation, but what a refreshing contrast to New Zealand's antediluvian energy policy which is very soon going to kick us right in the nuts.

LINKS: Nuclear power making a comeback - National Geographic
The polluting state - Jayant Bhandari, Mises Institute
No Power - Not PC (July, 2005)
Religionists for nuclear - Not PC (April, 2005)

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