While touring the tsunami-devastated portions of northeastern Japan, the Dalai Lama spoke about nuclear energy for the first time. The Wall Street Journal reports his statements this morning:
…the Dalai Lama on Monday said he is in support of using nuclear energy for peaceful means as a way to bridge the socioeconomic gap in developing countries in the absence of more efficient alternative energy sources. “There is still many developing countries with a huge gap between rich and poor…millions of people’s lives remain under the poverty level and we have to think about these people…”
…On Monday, he urged people on both sides of the contentious nuclear argument to look at the issue “holistically.” “Just to look at it from one side then to make a decision is not right,” he said. While speaking to the benefits of nuclear energy, however, he underlined the holistic lens needed to be pointed at the issue of risk as well. Nuclear energy specialists “should take maximum sorts of preparations.”
We at AREVA admire the Dalai Lama’s clarity on understanding the differences between developing nuclear weaponry and nuclear energy, and now his supportive voice for nuclear power to help developing nations. Read the entire article here.
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