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Climate change denial and the anti nuclear movement

Page history last edited by Andrew Alder 1 year ago

A work in progress, and a page on energy issues


A number of discussions in which I've been involved recently have converged on a rather radical thought...


The anti nuclear power movement is a classic case of climate change denial


Yes, I did say radical!


Climate change denial no longer means denial that climate change is real or that it's being caused by human activity. It has become a political term with much wider application, like fascist or communist.


See Taxonomy_of_climate_change_denial for some various uses of the term! This broadening has been largely promoted by the Green side of politics of course.


They may come to regret that. And perhaps they are already! See Soft_climate_change_denial, a relatively recent article at Wikipedia. 


Because, if it's that broad a term, aren't the Greens, in their opposition to nuclear power regardless of the environmental impacts of abandoning it, also themselves guilty of a form of climate change denial? See Energy reality and what happens when you do not go nuclear.


The best argument for nuclear power is and always has been environmental. This was true even in the days before the "environmental" movement existed, before the events leading up to the Montreal_Protocol showed how fragile our environment is, and especially, before greenhouse gas became a concern.


And that has not changed. Just the opposite. And the more climate change has become a concern, the more nuclear power as an essential part of any solution has become the elephant in the room.


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External links 


And expect more of them....


  • https://www.richmondfed.org/publications/research/econ_focus/2016/q1/feature1_sidebar In response to growing fears of global warming, the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has issued restrictions on carbon-dioxide emissions from power plants. Announced in August 2015, the EPA's Clean Power Plan would require states to reduce CO2 emissions to 32 percent below 2005 levels by 2030. If the Clean Power Plan survives legal challenges, it could breathe new life into nuclear power development in the United States — especially in areas of the country that rely heavily on burning coal, which produces about twice as much CO2 as burning natural gas. Nuclear fission produces no CO2.

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