Another world climate conference in an exotic remote location, another hundred or so airplane tankfuls of kerosene turned into carbon dioxide (CO2) and dumped into the atmosphere—all in the name of getting together to talk about how not to dump so much CO2 into the atmosphere. Is that how the Durban conference will go down in history?
Looking at the media coverage of Durban, and it looks that way. I have said before and I’ll say it here again: the only way to rationally deal with climate change is through technology, and the only immediately deployable technology that can produce large-scale CO2 reductions is nuclear energy.
If nuclear energy is not front and centre on the agenda as the number one technological answer to climate change, then talking about climate change is essentially a waste of time.
Is nuclear energy on the Durban agenda? At the plenary level, yes. At the world-conversation level, well type “Durban nuclear energy” into your favourite search engine and find out.