Tuesday, May 20, 2008

Wired Magazine's Green Issue: Go Nuclear

Wired magazine marks its 15-year anniversary with the cover story, "Inconvenient Truths: Cutting Carbon Is the Only Thing That Matters." In a sidebar titled "10 Green Heresies," contributing editor Spencer Reiss writes,

There's no question that nuclear power is the most climate-friendly industrial-scale energy source. You can worry about radioactive waste or proliferating weapons. You can complain about the high cost of construction and decommissioning. But the reality is that every serious effort at carbon accounting reaches the same conclusion: Nukes win. Only wind comes close — and that's when it's blowing. A UK government white paper last year factored in everything from uranium mining to plant decommissioning and determined that nuclear power emits 2 to 6 percent of the carbon per kilowatt-hour as natural gas, the cleanest of the fossil fuels.
It's been a good week for press: last Wednesday it was The New York Times' editorial board, today, Wired.

1 comment:

DV8 2XL said...

The quote I like the best from the issue is:

"The war on greenhouse gases is too important to be left to the environmentalists. There, we said it."

It's about bloody time.