I’ve just finished reading “The Weather Makers” by Tim Flannery, a sober look at how our dependence on fossil fuel is driving us to a point of no return as CO2 levels in the atmosphere rise to dangerous levels.
One of Flannery’s suggestions to reverse this trend is to take another hard look at nuclear power so it was very interesting to run across this article from The Washington Post. Written by Patrick Moore, one of the founders of Greenpeace, it outlines the reasons behind his contention that the environmental movement needs to rethink it’s opposition.
Mr. Moore cites this chilling fact:
More than 600 coal-fired electric plants in the United States produce 36 percent of U.S. emissions — or nearly 10 percent of global emissions — of CO2, the primary greenhouse gas responsible for climate change.
Moore is not blind to the costs and real, but diminished, dangers of nuclear power generation but makes the case that the alternative – increased CO2 emissions – are both more expensive and catastrophic in the long run.