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Another Democrat for Nuclear Energy

Another diarist over at Daily Kos, wolverine 06, is making the case that Greens need to take another look at nuclear energy:
IMO, Greens need to re evaluate their position using hard data, not an emotional gut feel about what Nuclear Energy USED TO BE like back in the seventies. Currently, green energy sources cannot maintain or even sustain the gigawatt needs of our society.

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IMO, Greens need to get their act together before amongst themselves before they can be in a position to reasonably influence debate. Please do not get me wrong. I am a strong advocate of maxing out the development of green sustainable resources. But I think it is disingenuous and foolish of people to just dismiss a whole resource and technology because of what they think it is and not for what it truly is. I believe the bitter argument would be over quickly if people were to read and understand the facts (See the two articles referenced above). Then afterwards, they will be in a better position to judge why Diamond, Lovelace, et al do advocate for using the resource and be able to reach their own conclusions on a much more informed basis.

Currently green technologies sources fall short of society’s needs, period. Better technologies are being developed, but do we have the time and the will to develop and employ them? Global warming is no longer a theory, but an imminent reality. How bad it gets will be determined by how quickly the entire international community begins to cooperate.
Good to see that Kos diarist N. Nadir isn't alone any longer.

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