Burning Question: Nuclear Energy

Should Environmentalists support nuclear energy?

Should environmentalists support nuclear energy?

Founder and president of Environmentalists for Nuclear (EFN)
Environmentalists who pretend our world would be better without nuclear energy are shortsighted. In a world where energy is running short, conservation is obviously a top priority, and the development of renewable energies should be encouraged. Nuclear is the only option that is safe, clean, emits no carbon dioxide, and is abundant enough to ensure the continuation of modern civilization while reversing the trend of climate change.

Editor of Worldchanging: A User’s Guide for the 21st Century
Nuclear energy is a failure of the imagination. The idea that the best we can do to fight global warming is to embrace a 50-year-old technology seems to me to be admitting creative bankruptcy.

Chair and chief scientist of Greenspirit Strategies and former head of Greenpeace
The solution to meeting future energy needs is an aggressive move towards renewables, plus nuclear energy. It is the only non-greenhouse-gas-emitting power source that can effectively replace fossil fuels and satisfy growing demand. Renewables do have an important role to play, but they alone cannot provide our baseload electricity, because they are unreliable and intermittent.

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