Letter: No alternative to nuclear power

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Sir: The campaign director of Greenpeace (letter, 10 October) is right in ridiculing the nuclear industry's sanitising zeal to remove the word 'windscale' from the vocabulary, but she is wrong when she objects to the use of 'recycling' to denote the process that makes the material of spent fuel rods re-usable. On the other hand, her use of 'recycling' in connection with combined heat and power shows a regrettable lack of understanding of thermodynamics: CHP does not recycle waste heat but uses it.

Yours faithfully,


Department of Engineering


University of Oxford


10 October