Nuclear is the only way

PUBLISHED: 13:06 07 September 2006 | UPDATED: 10:48 06 May 2010

My poor letter! Cut by the editor, despite a request not to; then added to by an 11-year old! (I never mentioned Letchworth: it is not suitable for a nuclear power station because it lacks water.) Of the research reactor and power stations that Emily ment

My poor letter! Cut by the editor, despite a request not to; then added to by an 11-year old! (I never mentioned Letchworth: it is not suitable for a nuclear power station because it lacks water.)

Of the research reactor and power stations that Emily mentions (or could have mentioned), only Chernobyl has had a serious incident - an extremely serious one. Even so, the cost in human life is fewer than 60 lives over 20 years: that compares with 700,000 Russian road deaths. Moreover, extensive research has shown that radiation is immensely less dangerous than previously guessed. A vote for coal is a vote for many deaths.

Someone or something has totally misled Emily. I hope she corrects the person or thing involved, and never trusts that source again.

Without a massive nuclear reaction, we would all die quite quickly.

REX GOOCH, Berkeley, Letchworth Garden City

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