Skip to comments.Going Nuclear (Author's a founder of Greenpeace!!)
Posted on 04/15/2006 8:57:35 AM PDT by libstripper
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. That's the conviction that inspired Greenpeace's first voyage up the spectacular rocky northwest coast to protest the testing of U.S. hydrogen bombs in Alaska's Aleutian Islands. Thirty years on, my views have changed, and the rest of the environmental movement needs to update its views, too, because nuclear energy may just be the energy source that can save our planet from another possible disaster: catastrophic climate change.
Look at it this way: 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. Nuclear energy is the only large-scale, cost-effective energy source that can reduce these emissions while continuing to satisfy a growing demand for power. And these days it can do so safely.
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Good post, libstripper. BTTT
He's made this case before. He's been disowned by the environazis because what he's saying is heretical.
Even the French know nuclear makes sense.
So...he finally wakes up and tells us the cause he fought for was wrong, but now he knows the truth and wants to lead us there.
he makes a compelling case for not listening to anything he says!
Many of us did stupid things in the early '70s. This is monumentally stupid, but it does sound like he's come around.
He can't unring the bell he rang. The damage to the Nuclear industry was done in the 70s. By now, we should have hundreds oif nuclear plants.
Instead we have a handful. This is thanks to idiots like this who know nothing about science.
He can't soothe his conscience now by saying "I wuz wrong."
Our energy system is a joke.
Bacon in the treetops???
And sell the technology to people that would use it against the rest of the world. Those grubby whores would sell their own mother to the enemy if they could get a decent price.
Well, ain't that grand! Thirty years later, a Greenpeace founder realizes he was wrong about nuclear power. Well, thanks a bunch mister, because it's enviro-nazis like yourself who we can thank in large part for our continuing dependence on foreign oil!
He may have come around but his credibility is pretty much zero after his antics in the 70's and 80's
Great post bump!
I believe wholeheartedly in a hydrogen economy based on fusion.
You do? I hope the Easter Bunny leaves you lots of eggs. Better get that list ready for Santa. Only 8 months 'til xmas.
Maybe he wants to reserect the nuclear industry so Greenpeace can blackmail them again.
The waste heat from nuclear plants can also be used to process oil shale and oil sands.
Nuclear is the only answer to our energy needs..we need to have both politicians and business men with the guts to stand up and be counted..but don't count on that and don't sell your oil stocks quite yet.
Not nearly as dangerous as a lot of toxins that last forever. Even Chernobyl killed fewer people than about three airline accidents.
His case for nuclear power is based on bogus science. Better to not invite him aboard.
I know this guy. He's been a rational spokesman for the forest products industry for 15 years. He's not a recent convert.
Sorry,but I thnk your anger should be directed at the spineless weinies that buckled like a belt when Greenpeace made demands.
He's still a nut. There is no catastrophic climate change caused by mankind. Heck, the latest is that global warming stopped in 1998.
chae wrote: "Sorry,but I thnk your anger should be directed at the spineless weinies that buckled like a belt when Greenpeace made demands."
I have plenty of anger to go around on this issue. These environmental nutjobs impede just about any pragmatic approach to producing our own energy, but they constantly whine about our dependence on foreign oil. They aren't helping solve the problem--they ARE the problem!
You all should give this guy a little break, he pulled out from the group he founded ages ago when they went beyond "save the whales". His conversion isn't new at all
Is he the same guy who refuted the rainforest is disappearing crowd?
Looks like it's time to spell out some basic nuclear engineering again.
97% of what comes out of a reactor as spent fuel is the same refined uranium that went in. The remaining 3% is plutonium, some short-lived transuranics, and the fission products. The uranium and the plutonium are perfectly good reactor fuels, and should be recycled back into a reactor.
The fission products are the nasty stuff. They're highly radioactive. However, that als means relatively short-lived. In reality, in less than 700 years the fission products decay to a lower level of radioactivity than the original uranium ore. The sensible thing to do is separate out the fission products and bury them. They don't have to be protected for geologic times. The Pyramids of Egypt have stood, without maintenance, for about three times as long as it would be necessary to sequester the fission products. Surely we can build something that will do the job at least as well as the Pyramids
Most of the so-called problems of nuclear power are self-inflicted. A big share of the self-infliction comes from misinformation, and indeed deliberate disinformation, about disposal of nuclear waste.
I was going to point this out too, before seeing you had already done so. Radioactivity and half-life are generally inversely proportional.
He only partially understood the foals. Global warming is a device to shut down technology and return the world to a sort of feudal state with the Elite owning everything including the bulk of the remaining population who will have just enough to survive as serfs who produce the wealth the elite command.
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