Quotes and aphorisms

  • To borrow the IRA's remarks about the Brighton bombing, the nuclear gremlins of equipment failure and human error may say "Today we were unlucky, but remember we only have to be lucky once. You will have to be lucky always."

  • How Angela Merkel became Germany's unlikely green energy champion (The Guardian, 2011-05-09). German environment minister, Norbert Röttgen has pointed out that mass deployment of renewable energy technology will drive down costs. "When more people consume oil and coal, the price will go up, but when more people consume renewable energy, the price of it will go down."

  • As Fukushima bill looms, nations weigh dilemma: nuclear plants viable only when uninsured (Washington Post, 2011-04-21). "From the U.S. to Japan, it’s illegal to drive a car without sufficient insurance, yet governments around the world choose to run over 440 nuclear power plants with hardly any coverage whatsoever."

  • After Fukushima, the idea of building new nuclear power stations in the UK only makes sense if we see Japan as "a far-away country of which we know little".