Nuclear power is neither efficient nor clean - and an alliance wants textbooks to get this message through.
The Hong Kong Alliance against Nukes said yesterday nuclear electronics is the opposite of what's written in textbooks.
Ip Chu Ching, a member of the Hong Kong Society for the Study of Nuclear Radiation, said such power generation involves processes that rely on fossil fuel and includes uranium mining, extracting enriched uranium, building nuclear power plants, and transporting and burying nuclear waste.
Most of these processes consume large amounts of fossil energy, produce lots of greenhouse gas and pollute the water, soil, and air with radioactive and poisonous materials, he said.
An alliance member, Chan Kwong-yue, said the efficiency of thermoelectric conversion in nuclear power plants is not high, thus the net energy ratio - that between production and investment - of nuclear electronics is low. In short, nuclear electronics is a complicated, expensive, and high- risk water-boiling way of producing electricity.
The alliance said textbooks and teachers have became the propaganda tools for nuclear electronics groups without knowing it.
Members of the alliance found misleading knowledge of nuclear electronics in more than 20 textbooks in Hong Kong, especially the editions for teachers.
It has been a scientific scam since World War II with plants being built even though nuclear power is dirty and inefficient, according to Chan Sze-chi, a professor at Hong Kong Baptist University.
Teachers should re-evaluate the chapters on nuclear electronics and discuss the subject with students critically, the alliance urged. Publishers should correct the mistakes and offer relevant materials to students and teachers before that, it said.