Open Letter to Secretary John Kerry
- Dec 14, 2020 10:04 pm GMTDec 14, 2020 5:58 pm GMT
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Dear Secretary Kerry,
Congratulations on being picked to be the Czar for Climate in President-elect Biden’s administration. I heard you speak about your role on a couple of different news shows and am pleased to note that you recognize the shortcomings of the Paris Agreement.
The only effective solution that scientists like James Hansen are telling us to embrace, is nuclear power. As an energy researcher myself, I maintain that you cannot be serious about climate change if you are not serious about nuclear energy. Nuclear power is the one source of clean energy that is scalable to the levels needed. It is also the has safest record (fewest fatalities per TWh generated) and the smallest environmental footprint, both in terms of area covered and tonnage of commodity materials required per unit of electricity delivered. Yet, our current policies such as subsidies and portfolio standards, and the manner in which electricity is marketed is making nuclear power uncompetitive. The unfounded fear of radiation and years of anti-nuclear misinformation has placed such strict and expensive standards on the nuclear power plants that they are being priced out. In many states even fully functioning nuclear power plants are being shuttered. We have a shortfall of clean electricity, and we are digging ourselves deeper in the hole!