"Clean Natural Gas" Replaces "Clean Coal" as the Fossil Fuel Industry's Scam-Du-Jour
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- May 17, 2021 9:16 pm GMTMay 17, 2021 4:28 pm GMT
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In recent weeks the U.S. State Department's Climate Envoy (and former anti-nuclear advocate) John Kerry made it clear to President Biden's climate team that, to meet climate commitments, it would be essential to keep existing U.S. nuclear plants open. Soon thereafter, White House sources reported President Biden was considering the extension of tax credits to nuclear plants.
In response, solar panel and wind turbine vendors did what they do best: threw sand in the gears, using two time-tested techniques:
1) Redirect support for nuclear to "advanced nuclear", the goal being to kick nuclear's can down the road by closing existing plants, while keeping hopes alive for a mythical "Nuclear 2.0" to arrive who-knows-when.
2) Attempt to revive ancient fears by falsely comparing modern plants to ones built half a century ago. Here, the goal is to make relicensing as onerous as possible by creating standards of safety that are literally impossible to achieve.
Fossil fuel vendors, in contrast, have always known that attacking their biggest rival only gives it free publicity. Thus, efforts have been focused on marketing new products that are supposedly "clean".