Tuesday, February 06, 2007

Atomic Insights: Don't Give Up on the Anti-Nukes

After reading the latest nonsense from groups like Greenpeace and the Southern Alliance for Clean Energy, it's hard not to despair that those groups will ever abandon their religious opposition to nuclear energy.

But Rod Adams has another idea:

I know that most of you think that there is no hope of changing the positions taken by these groups - and others like them - but we are doomed to failure if we do not try. Make every effort you can to contact the groups and let them know how you feel about their continuing illogical position regarding nuclear fission in a world whose very survival may be threatened by continued burning of increasingly massive quantities of fossil fuel.group.
I guess if Patrick Moore can change, perhaps we shouldn't give up on anybody.


Doug said...

I have found many people spouting the same dogma throughout the bloggosphere, and I don't think it's possible to reason with them. Some have even admitted that if it comes to it, they'd rather mankind slide back into the middle ages than develop nuclear power.

I don't think we're doomed if we fail to convince these folks. Sure their groups enjoy a lot of popular support, but that support evaporates the instant the rolling blackouts start. You'll notice that when a power capacity crunch actually hits, these groups go silent. That won't continue to be a successful strategy; power plants of some sort will have to be built. Eventually these groups will have nowhere to hide - it'll be put up or shut up time. The dogma won't survive being put to the reality test.

Don kosloff said...

I wonder if they still applying those "Split Wood - Not Atoms" bumper stickers when they buy an electic car?

Whenever I see one of those bumper stickers I think of all of the people that have been killed by the use of wood stoves and fireplaces. Then again, maybe that is the whole point of the bumper sticker. Psuedo-evironmentalist dogma holds that fewer people are better for the environment. Usually they aren't specific about how to get rid of the millions of people who they want to eliminate.

By the way, Harry Reid has just complained about "tax money" being used for continuing development of the Yucca Mountain beneficial solution.

Anonymous said...

People who advocate splitting wood not atoms are causing global warming in two ways. First, they're burning a carbon-based fuel that releases GHGs into the biosphere. Second, by cutting down trees, they're removing CO2 absorbers and oxygen generators. I'd say advocates of wood power are far more environmentally irresponsible than nuclear advocates.