The Case for Nuclear — From an Unlikely Source

By April 16, 2006Energy

Front page of today’s WaPo Opinion section features an op-ed entitled, “Going Nuclear – A Green Makes the Case.” It lays out the case for moving toward nuclear energy as a power source. Remember, France gets over 80% of its power from nuclear.

The writer? None other than Patrick Moore, co-founder of Greenpeace. In his article, he notes others from the environmental movement who have come over to his side as well. He begins wit this:

“In the early 1970s when I helped found Greenpeace, I believed that nuclear energy was synonymous with nuclear holocaust, as did most of my compatriots…Thirty years on, my views have changed, and the rest of the environmental movement needs to update its views, too… Nuclear energy is the only large-scale, cost-effective energy source that can reduce …emissions while continuing to satisfy a growing demand for power. And these days it can do so safely. “

In any event, it’s a great piece and one that should be read by anyone who’s concerned about the soaring prices of energy. The radical environmental movement is fond of saying “no” to every alternative plan. As a result, prices soar for everyone, especially for those least able to afford it. For manufacturers, it makes it that much harder to compete. Time to start lifting some of these de facto band. The OCS would be one, ANWR another and certainly nuclear as well.

And for more info on nuclear, check out Eric McErlain’s excellent Nuclear Notes.