A year ago I wrote in favor of using nuclear energy to fight global warming. Here is part of what I wrote,
I believe that global warming is the most serious threat humanity faces. So we need to use every possible technology we can to replace energy sources that put greenhouse gases into the air. This includes nuclear energy.
One big problem with nuclear is figuring out what to do with the dangerous radioactive waste. But here’s the thing, when we burn coal and oil we’re just putting the dangerous waste product into the air and it is destroying the planet. So we can’t make the perfect the enemy of the good — nuclear waste is not destroying the planet and fossil-fuel waste is. We simply have to replace coal and oil as our energy source.
Climate change is an emergency. We need to do everything we can.
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Make them safe. This means a highly regulated effort, not a free-for-all for profits. …
Buy American. If we are building nuclear power plants we should regulate that they create American jobs…
Today someone asked me if I am still in favor of using nuclear energy. Here is what I replied:
Si, those 30-year-old reactors should not have been allowed to operate. The new generation of reactors can’t melt down, and I think global warming is much more serious than most people think it is. So the trade-off is in favor of using nuclear as long as we stop using coal.
But I think a reactor has to be built and operated by a strong people-oriented government, with no profit considerations at all. Which we do not have.
So I don’t see many governments I would trust right now to do that. Maybe Canada.