As if we needed any further encouragement to explore alternative forms of energy and reduce our reliance on fossil fuels, here’s another disaster in the news – an explosion in an oil refinery in Iran.  (See http://www.guardian.co.uk/world/2011/may/24/blast-rocks-iran-largest-refinery for details.)

The Japanese experience has already shown that nuclear just isn’t safe (just in case we thought it was!).  Why, oh why, aren’t we concentrating on wind, solar and tidal forms of energy production?   These are safe and perpetual.  And ok, currently they don’t provide enough energy to meet our needs, but if on the one hand we invest in their development to keep on improving their potential, and on the other, concentrate of reducing our energy requirements, we’ll achieve a sustainable, safe energy supply for the future.

It is, in my opinion, to use that awful modern expression, “a no-brainer”!  😉

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