Today’s Wall Street Journal features an article about the McCain-Liebermann bill to offer reductions in carbon emissions in exchange for expansion of nuclear power plants.
James Riccio, an analyst for Greenpeace in Washington, says … Greenpeace is “not willing to leap from the global-warming frying pan into the nuclear fire.”
I’m not the energy policy expert on this blog, but I know enough to know that under the current regime, we are not going to get a Green energy policy. There is certainly a risk involved with nuclear power. We still haven’t worked out how to dispose of the waste. The name scares people (can we get a Frank Luntz memo to rename it ‘fission power’ or something?). But it certainly is not the threat to the entire globe that fossils fuels are.
Ideally, we would have a policy that focusses strongly on renewable, low-footprint energy sources. But anyone who thinks progress on that front will be made under the Bushies is out of their mind.
The Earth is changing at the hands of humanity. If we can buy a 100 years or so using nuclear power to go green, we should take it.