The tenth World Energy Conference began in Istanbul, Turkey on Monday (19 September) with rows over what should be debated, and who should be admitted to the conference.
The tenth World Energy Conference began in Istanbul, Turkey on Monday (19 September) with rows over what should be debated, and who should be admitted to the conference. The Soviet Union delegation unsuccessfully attempted to block debate on the use of plutonium in nuclear fast breeder reactors, and Turkey barred representatives form South Africa and Taiwan from attending the conference. President of the Conference, John Partridge of the U.S.A., told the opening session that nations with surplus energy should remember they had a responsibility to share it wisely and judiciously with less fortunate countries.
SYNOPSIS: More than three thousand delegates from fifty-seven countries are attending the energy conference, which takes place every three years. Since the last conference, new energy issues have emerged.
The question of nuclear energy, specifically the use of plutonium in fast breeder reactors, is very important to many delegates. Britain, France, West Germany and the Soviet Union are all investing in fast breeder reactors. The plutonium issue, the Soviet Union has argued, cannot be confined to scientific, technical and economic considerations.
Soviet delegates say the plutonium issue includes political problems, which should be covered by talks between governments. As the week-long conference progresses, delegates will discuss the ways, and problems of finding more energy reserves and making better use of them. The development and conservation of energy sources, along with the technology for using them, has assumed more importance since the last conference. As well as examining the possibilities and problems of using nuclear energy, the delegates will discuss what can be done about the other energy sources available to the world. These include solar, geo-thermal, tidal and wave energy and the use of wind power.