June 20, 2016

IF YOU DON’T SUPPORT NUCLEAR POWER, YOU DON’T CARE ABOUT CARBON EMISSIONS: Are Greens Coming Around To Nuclear Power?

The modern environmental movement has a long history campaigning against nuclear power, but that opposition has looked increasingly foolish in recent years as greens have identified climate change as public enemy #1.

Nuclear power doesn’t produce any of those dastardly greenhouse gas emissions your average eco-activist finds so deplorable, and unlike wind and solar, nuclear power can keep the lights on 24/7, even on those cloudy windless days. And yet still, many greens have reflexively held on to their anti-nuclear biases.

Thankfully, it looks like some of the bigger green advocacy groups are starting to see the light, as the WSJ reports. . . .

This is good news for Gaia and, if these activist groups can follow through and actually embrace nuclear reactors as the global green energy workhorses they really are, this could be a very positive step for the environmental movement. We’ve long said that the world needs a smarter group of green advocates—one capable of rationally assessing policy options and backing the ones that might actually work. Instead, the environmental movement is led by people like Bill McKibben that would rather distort science to suit their own biases than take a clear-eyed look at the many solutions (yes, they exist) we have to address the problems greens love to depict in such lurid detail.

Bill Gates gets it, and eco-activists could do far worse than to follow his lead on future energy planning. More of this, please.

Indeed.

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