Coal kills vastly more people each year than nuclear ever has or ever will.
Three hundred micrograms of fine particulates per cubic metre of air is classed as severe pollution, the point at which children and elderly people should not leave their homes. As Greenpeace points out, in Shanghai a fortnight ago and in Harbin in October concentrations of particulates exceeded 500 micrograms. By far the greatest source of these particles is coal burning.
I don’t doubt it. But one question does interest me. Are the Chinese using electrostatic filters on the chimneys, as western plants must do, or not?
You’re picturing filthy plants in Poland and Romania, aren’t you? But among the most polluting power stations in Europe, Longannet in Scotland is ranked 11th; and Drax, in England, is ranked seventh.
Are we actually talking about the same levels of pollution there? Are both post filtering of the fly ash, or one before and one after?