Anti-poverty campaigner Bob Geldof joined the global warming
debate today with a call for the rapid expansion of nuclear power,
describing renewable energy as a "Mickey Mouse" answer to the
The Irish former rock star, known for his campaigning on poverty
relief in Africa, was writing on a blog set up by carmaker Lexus to
promote hybrid road vehicles.
"The reality is that we need to do much more than change the
type of car we drive to make an impact on climate change. In the
UK, we'll soon have to scramble for more nuclear power," Geldof
"On this issue, I don't care what anyone says: we're going to go
with it, big-time. We may mess around with wind and waves and other
renewable energy sources, trying to make them sustainable, but
they're not. They're Mickey Mouse," he said.
The comments are unlikely to endear him to the environmental
lobby which condemns nuclear power as dirty, dangerous and
For its part the nuclear power industry says it is at least part
of the answer to global warming caused by emissions of carbon gases
from burning fossil fuels for power and transport.
United Nations environment ministers meeting in Indonesia are
split over the guidelines for starting two years of formal
negotiations on a deal to succeed the Kyoto Protocol, a UN pact
capping greenhouse gas emissions of all industrial nations except
the United States until 2012.Source: Geldof goes nuclear