With next-generation pebble bed reactors already being built in China and South Africa, nuclear power gained another high-profile supporter in prominent environmental scientist James Martin.
Martin, a physicist who last year donated $111 million to create the Oxford University Institute for Science and Civilization, voiced his support for nuclear power in his newly published book, The Meaning of the 21st Century.
According to Martin, irrational objections to nuclear power by environmental activist groups are setting back the fight against clean air and global warming.
As noted by the October 2 London Times, “The criticism of groups such as Greenpeace and Friends of the Earth by Dr. Martin, a computer scientist and physicist, will be keenly felt as he is himself a prominent green who has spent much of his large IT and publishing fortune on research into global warming and environmental science.”
— James M. Taylor