posted on May, 27 2009 @ 07:29 PM
I recently started working for EDF - Electricite De France. In our wonderful globalized world, they've taken over some of the old UK regional power
companies and are one of the country's major energy providers.
In our induction course our trainer (lovely girl but, as we shall see, not terribly well-informed) actually came out with the following statement:
"Nuclear power is much greener because it doesn't have the carbon emissions and it's renewable".
Sadly, I just can't let this kind of thing lie. I tried, but I just couldn't control myself.
"How do you mean, renewable?"
"Well, it works by heating water into steam to drive turbines, and then it cools down and becomes water again, so you can re-use it."
I tried to suggest that this is not congruent with the commonly accepted meaning of "renewable". The energy to turn water into steam had to come
from somewhere. Water doesn't just turn into steam for no reason. If it did, EDF would not exist. Of the people in the room, I was the only one
able to offer a sensible explanation of how a nuclear reactor works.
They had to get someone else in to talk to me about it. Minor victory: I did get her to accept that nuclear energy is not renewable.
Ignominious surrender: out of sheer politeness, because the girl had admitted in front of the class that it wasn''t renewable, I caved in to
the assertion that NE is "cleaner" than conventional power station technology.
What's really disturbing is that I've since come across colleagues who have told me they've had the same nonsense fed to them in previous
inductions and have similarly objected which means that this BS is being pumped out quite consistently.
All in all, a depressing little episode, but one entirely characteristic of corporate life.
[edit on 27-5-2009 by rich23]