Monday, July 18, 2005

Jared Diamond of WWF endorses nuclear

Last week, Stewart Brand sent an email to Fox News Channel's Bill O'Reilly regarding a very interesting question and answer session with World Wildlife Federation's Jared Diamond. Diamond, a board member of WWF and a Professor of Geography at UCLA, was speaking to a group regarding his new novel Collapse.

During the Q-and-A session, Stewart Brand reported the following happened:

I'll add two items to what Diamond said in his talk. One good sharp question came from Mark Hertzgaard, who asked the speaker if he agreed "with Stewart Brand's view that the threat of climate change justifies adopting more nuclear power." To my surprise, Diamond said that he was persuaded by last year's "Bipartisan Strategy to Meet America's Energy Challenges" to treat nuclear as one important way to reduce the production of greenhouse gases. (In the commission's report, the environmentalist co-chair John Holdren wrote: "Given the risks from climate change and the challenges that face all of the low-carbon and no-carbon supply options, it would be imprudent in the extreme not to try to keep the nuclear option open.")
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1 comment:

Stewart Peterson said...

I couldn't advise quoting Bill O'Reilly and thinking that's going to convince people of anything except reinforcing the notion that anyone who is pro-nuclear is a right-wing puppet.