The United States Energy Secretary, Mr. James Schlesinger, has defended the use of nuclear power.?
The United States Energy Secretary, Mr. James Schlesinger, has defended the use of nuclear power. After a meeting with European Economic Community leaders in Brussels on Saturday (8 October), he told newsmen that doubts about nuclear energy will cease when the world has run out of other sources of fuel.
SYNOPSIS: Mr. Schlesinger was in the Belgian capital, headquarters of the European community, following the end of an International Energy Agency meeting in France. He was met by the Community's own Energy Minister, Mr. Guido Brunner, and the two men had talks with other leaders of the organisation. After the talks Mr. Brunner told newsmen he noted that the United States itself consumed twice as much oil per head of population than did the European Community. He said the U.S could not continue to absorb the equivalent of the entire oil output of Saudi Arabia-the world's biggest producer. Mr. Brunner also said the Community would depend to a large extent on the success of the United States' energy conservation. Mr. Schlesinger, meanwhile, appealed for a sense of unity-saying he understood the effects energy consumption could have on economies.
Turning to nuclear energy, Mr. Schlesinger said that doubts about it would be waived when it had to be used in the last resort.