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I am a passionate advocate for the environment and nuclear energy. With the threat of climate change, I’ve embarked on a mission to help overcome the fears of nuclear energy. I’ve been active in...

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Highlights from this revealing article, which serve to confirm discoveries in last year's documentary Planet of the Humans:

"From a certain vantage, the momentum looks almost definitive, as though nothing could stand in the way of a renewable future. But unlike coal, oil and gas companies are still definitely profitable, even investable, and more oil and gas are being produced, and used, every year — which helps explain why carbon emissions keep rising too. There’s little doubt that fossil-fuels are, culturally speaking, on the wrong side of history. But there is still a lot more money to extract from those wells, and the fossil-fuel businesses are intent on extracting as much as they can. It’s not necessarily such a bad time to be an oil and gas company, in other words, but it is a bad time to look like one. These companies aren’t planning for a future without oil and gas, at least not anytime soon, but they want the public to think of them as part of a climate solution. In reality, they’re a problem trying to avoid being solved."


"A recent paper from Stanford professor and renewable advocate [and anti-nuclear crusader] Mark Z. Jacobson* calls for $73 trillion in spending to transition most of the world’s power grids no later than 2050, and he and his co-authors figure it’ll pay for itself in energy savings alone within a decade. In the analysis of Jacobson and other Green New Deal supporters, how many of those trillions end up going to Shell is largely beside the point. But for Shell, that’s the whole ball game."

*Jacobson is Senior Research Fellow at Stanford's fossil-fuel-funded Precourt Institute of Energy, home of the university's Natural Gas Initiative.

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Matt Chester on Feb 1, 2021

In the corporate sector, there’s still faith at the top that economic incentives and profit-seeking behavior can manage the crisis that capitalism has wrought

This seems to be quite common-- there's an element of truth to it that the public is now demanding certain sustainable movements, particularly from investors, but it's certainly naive to think that the capitalistic forces alone will get us where we need to be by the time we need to be there

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Bob Meinetz on Feb 1, 2021

"...but it's certainly naive to think that the capitalistic forces alone will get us where we need to be by the time we need to be there..."

Agree, but what if capitalistic forces are pulling us away from where we need to be?

When there is more money to be made maintaining a problem than solving it, determined and informed leadership must step in and take charge. As things stand, we're on an environmental "Titanic" - with the allure of potential profit blinding us to potential consequences.

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