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Greenpeace founder endorses nuclear power

Thirty years after he helped start the environmental watchdog group Greenpeace, Patrick Moore has come around on nuclear energy.

In a guest column in the Washington Post, Moore puts some myths to rest and makes the point that we have to ween ourselves off coal fired power plants if we are ever going to seriously reduce CO2 emissions.

Slashdot link located via Scott's site.


At 4/30/2006 11:43:00 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Welcome to the GOP ! Another example of a liberal democratic position turned around by sound reasoning.
Now if you will just let us drill for oil in Alaska !

At 5/01/2006 09:20:00 AM, Anonymous Ben said...

For what? Six months of oil that we can't even keep for ourselves. It has to be pumped out into the world economy. It's a lost cause.

I have a better idea. Why don't you get that wing nut head of your party to commit to real energy independence while he's still in office. JFK brought the country together to put a Americans on the moon. Where’s your guy?

He does this and even I’ll follow him.

At 5/01/2006 09:56:00 AM, Blogger Scott said...

On ANWR, reasoning is exactly what has led me to oppose the idea. As Ben mentioned, it gets us next to no oil. In addition, much of it would have to be exported to other countries like Japan. Since it's such a small amount of oil, it would have no impact on prices.

All this also neglects the negative impact such a move would have on the habitat up there. It's not just putting in a few oil wells. You have to build an entire infrastructure for this (read roads, housing, and services) in an area that is currently occupied exclusively by the widlife.

Back to the topic at hand (nuclear energy), the lingering issue is still how to store the waste. Until we resolve that issue, we probably won't see new plants being built.

At 5/01/2006 12:13:00 PM, Blogger James Aach said...

FYI: In his Washington Post opinion piece, Dr. Moore mentions other environmentalists taking a second look at nuclear, including Stewart Brand, the founder of The Whole Earth Catalog. Mr. Brand has also endorsed a techno-thriller novel of nuclear power by a longtime industry insider (me). This story serves as a lay person's guide to the good and the bad of this power source. (There's plenty of both.) The book is available at no cost to readers at - and they seem to like it, judging from their comments on the homepage.


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