A good piece by John Tierney of the New York Times on Tuesday, noting that Al Gore missed a golden opportunity in his new home movie by not making the pitch for nuclear. Says Tierney:
“Gore shows the obligatory pictures of windmills and other alternative sources of energy. But he ignores nuclear power plants, which don’t spew carbon dioxide and currently produce far more electricity than all ecologically fashionable sources combined.
A few environmentalists, like Patrick Moore, a founder of Greenpeace, have recognized that their movement is making a mistake in continuing to demonize nuclear power. Balanced against the risks of global warming, nukes suddenly look good — or at least deserve to be considered rationally. Gore had a rare chance to reshape the debate, because a documentary about global warming attracts just the sort of person who marches in anti-nuke demonstrations.
Gore could have dared, once he enticed the faithful into the theater, to challenge them with an inconvenient truth or two. But that would have been a different movie.”
Coincidentally, yesterday found the President touring a nuclear plant in Pennsylvania and touting the benefits of nuclear energy. Bush is the first sitting President since Jimmy Carter (a nuclear engineer by training himself) to visit a nuclear plant. This was actually Bush’s second visit to a nuke plant, having visited one in Maryland a few months back. At the same time, Sen. John McCain (R-AZ) was in New Hampshire — apparently he likes it up there — saying that the US needs to embrace nuclear technology.
In any event, you’ll see from this chart that France gets almost 80% of its power from nuclear. Yet the last nuclear plant was ordered in the US in 1973. The enviros can’t just keep saying no to everything. Time to unleash all fuel sources, including nuclear.
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