Monday, August 06, 2007

Newsweek on the Nuclear Energy Comeback

From Newsweek:

Climate change hardly qualifies as good news for anyone. But for advocates of nuclear energy, these are practically glory days. As the urgency of combating global warming has risen, even environmentalists and politicians who may have once chained themselves to the reactor gates are taking another look at the industry that has languished in regulatory and PR hell since the partial meltdown at Three Mile Island in 1979. The reason? Nuclear energy, which now generates 20 percent of the nation’s electricity, does not produce greenhouse gases. “If you believe that climate change is the issue of our generation, then it’s disingenuous to say that nuclear energy is off the table,” says Bill Chameides, chief scientist for Environmental Defense, who admits his own position on the issue has evolved from “skeptical” to “agnostic.”
Give it a read.

1 comment:

Pete said...

Since when does China get 50% of its electricity from nuclear power, as this Newsweek article says? Can't they hire some summer interns to be fact checkers for these sorts of articles? China gets about 2% of its power from nuclear, as documented by the EIA.