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from The Great Debate:

Nuclear power: pros and cons

As part of the Reuters Summit on global climate and alternative energy, Reuters.com asked Carl Pope, executive director of the Sierra Club and Ian Hore-Lacy, director of public communication for the World Nuclear Association to discuss the role of nuclear energy. Here are their responses.

(Carl Pope's rebuttal was posted at 8:30 a.m. ET on September 10.)

from The Great Debate UK:

Nuclear power: pros and cons

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Original Post Text:
As part of the Reuters Summit on global climate and alternative energy, Reuters.com asked Carl Pope, executive director of the Sierra Club and Ian Hore-Lacy, director of public communication for the World Nuclear Association to discuss the role of nuclear energy. Here are their responses.

(Carl Pope's rebuttal was posted at 8:30 a.m. ET on September 10.)

from DealZone:

Deals du Jour

An employee checks a halogen low energy consumption light bulb at an Osram factory in Molsheim, eastern France December 11, 2008. REUTERS/Vincent Kessler (FRANCE)Japan's Toshiba Corp (6502.T) is lining up a bid for French nuclear group Areva's (CEPFi.PA) power grid that could be worth over $5 billion according to Reuters sources.

The private banking assets of Dutch bank ING (ING.AS) are the subject of up to five bids which may reach $2 billion, sources familiar with the deal said. Swiss firm Julius Baer (BAER.VX) and Singapore's DBS (DBSM.SI) have been identified to Reuters as definite bidders in the process.

from Pakistan: Now or Never?:

Graphic: Pakistani nuclear facilities

from AxisMundi Jerusalem:

Israel’s Chosen Weapon Against Iran– memory sticks?

IRAN-ELECTION/FACEBOOKYesterday Reuters reported US President Barack Obama emphatically stating that Joe Biden's comments this week on ABC were not a "green light" to Israel to bomb Iran's nuclear facilities. Yet he did reiterrate Biden's argument that Washington cannot "dictate to other countries what their security interests are."

If Israel were to decide to try to destroy Iran's nuclear facilities, how might it do that? It sounds almost like something from a spy novel, but Reuters' Dan Williams reports that Israel may use "cyber warfare" to accomplish that goal.

from Global News Journal:

Nuclear heats up German election campaign

A technical fault at a German nuclear power station has thrown a spotlight on one of the few issues that divide the two main parties before September's election -- atomic energy.

But the anti-nuclear Social Democrats (SPD), who have shared power with Chancellor Angela Merkel's conservatives since 2005, may be disappointed if they had hoped to win votes from it.

from The Great Debate:

The Obama-Medvedev security summit

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gard-reif-- Robert Gard (right), a retired U.S. Army lieutenant general and former president of both National Defense University and the Monterey Institute of International Studies, is chairman of the Washington, D.C.-based Center for Arms Control and Non-Proliferation, where Kingston Reif (left) is deputy director of nuclear non-proliferation. The views expressed are their own. --

Presidents Barack Obama and Dmitry Medvedev are meeting this week in Moscow for their first full summit. High on their agenda is the landmark 1991 Strategic Arms Reduction Treaty (START), which will expire on December 5. The expiration of START will mean the loss of the ability to legally limit and verify the two countries’ still enormous numbers of deployed nuclear weapons and delivery systems.

from The Great Debate:

Iran election opens door to U.S. talks

Paul Taylor-- Paul Taylor is a Reuters columnist. The opinions expressed are his own --

A wind of change is blowing through Iran, where hardline President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad faces an increasingly tough battle for re-election on Friday.

Whether or not Ahmadinejad fends off reformist Mirhossein Moussavi and two other candidates after a turbulent campaign, Iran is likely to be more open to talks with the United States on a possible "grand bargain" to end 30 years of hostility. Tehran will not give up its nuclear program, whoever wins. But it may be persuaded to stop short of testing or making a bomb.

from AxisMundi Jerusalem:

Hot button issue

Not the best day at the office yesterday for Benjamin Netanyahu. For a man with one finger on the button of Israel's presumed nuclear deterrent and the other wagging warningly at Iran, there are better ways to inspire confidence than getting your buttons mixed up in public.

netanyahuThat's what happened to the prime minister, though, prompting this awkward explanation in the Knesset of why he had cast the only electronic vote against a parliamentary bill proposed by his own government.

from The Great Debate UK:

Justification of new nuclear power in the UK

Paul Dorfman- Paul Dorfman is with the Nuclear Consultation Group and a senior research fellow at the University of Warwick. The opinions expressed are his own.

"Justification" of new-build nuclear power is a high-level assessment of whether the benefits of building new nuclear plants outweigh the detriments. Once the justification decision has been taken it will be difficult if not impossible to re-open this major issue.

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