Op-Ed by Jim Warren. The climate responds quickly to methane, so reducing emissions can slow global warming in the short term. North Carolinians must require Duke Energy to stop its massive fracked gas expansion and help avoid climate chaos.
Nukes Can't Help With Climate Change
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In a recent poll, many US scientists said construction of nuclear power plants would help with climate change. This reflects a major disconnect between scientific expertise and energy and economic realities, at least in most nations. Unfortunately, the predictions by NC WARN and many others, beginning in 2004 when Dick Cheney announced the US nuclear “renaissance,” were entirely on target. We warned that corporations trying to build nuclear plants would waste billions of public dollars and many years while limiting solar, wind and efficiency advances that could help us cut carbon emissions fairly quickly.
A Durham-based environmental group warns utility companies are trying to add nuclear capacity without significantly reducing their use of coal power. A report from NC WARN focuses on what they call the “Southeast Five.” That includes both Duke Energy and Progress Energy. Jim Warren is executive director of NC WARN.
Report shows Southeast utilities plan not to replace coal-fired power, but to add nuclear capacity despite falling demand – while jacking up rates and blocking clean energy advances.
See the report, New Nuclear Power is Ruining Climate Protection Efforts and Harming Customers
Listen to the audio from the press conference
Hear Dr. William Schlesinger’s
comments about the report on WUNC Radio
Read Clinging to Dirty Energy in the South – a by-the-numbers look from the Institute of Southern Studies
It’s exasperating that The N&O repeatedly advances one of the nuclear industry’s most damaging distortions (“Progress’ nuclear plans attract friends, foes,” June 11 news article). Since 2005 the industry has with impunity claimed nuclear power is “carbon free” and therefore a solution to climate change.
North Carolina faces severe challenges that require a new relationship between Progress Energy and the public. CEO Bill Johnson should help launch the massive national effort needed to avert an unprecedented catastrophe.
News & Observer Point of View: Published May 25, 2006 Saved by nuclear power? No Jim Warren DURHAM – (The nuclear industry’s) hoax has persuaded some people who should know better that nuclear power is a realistic and indeed an indispensable solution to climate change. — Amory Lovins, Rocky Mountain …
U.S. Public Interest Research Group * Public Citizen * Sierra Club * Greenpeace * Nuclear Information and Resource Service * Friends of the Earth For Immediate Release: Contact: Erica Hartman, Public Citizen (202) 454-5174 Michael Mariotte, NIRS (202) 328-0002 June 16, 2005 …