Via Rod Adams at the Energy Collective, news of a multi-signatory open letter to John Holdren in support of renewed American development and deployment of nuclear power. The signatory list is peculiar, including a couple of high school students for some reason, and most of these people aren’t on our turf so I hope I can be forgiven for not recognizing them.
That said, Barry Brook and Jim Hansen are in fact on there
I’m more concerned with public understanding than with public policy, but on this point I’ve had little doubt for a long time. People sometimes assume that people who take climate change seriously are “green activists”. Well maybe some are, but some are just weighing options.
Our nation needs to proceed quickly — not twenty or fifty years from now — while the people who pioneered this science and engineering can still provide guidance to a new generation of scientists and engineers. There is no political, economic or technical justification for delaying the benefits that nuclear power will bring to the United States, while the rest of the world forges ahead.
Nobody asked me to sign. On considering it, while sympathetic I think I’d have stopped short of signing it.
I think we need to work the numbers. Is nuclear necessary?
Well, something that actually involves engineers and managers and huge infrastructure is necessary. Wishful thinking is something we have plenty of. Serious technical plans are not. Is there any way forward through the next 200 years that is nonnuclear and not actually disastrous?
Given the choice between nuclear and catastrophic I will pick nuclear without hesitation.