Activist Michael Shellenberger Schools House Panel on Nuclear Energy's Role in Fighting Climate Change
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- Jan 21, 2020 2:29 pm GMT
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On Wednesday, author/environmental activist Michael Shellenberger testified before the House Committee on Science, Space, and Technology on the critical role nuclear energy must play in lowering carbon emissions. "Solar and wind are popular, but their inherent unreliability, large land use requirements, and large materials requirements mean they make electricity expensive, and are inherently limited in their ability to replace fossil fuels," he explained.
"I would like to pose three questions as a public interest advocate of the environment. First: is it in the interest of taxpayers to subsidize U.S. electric utilities to operate existing nuclear plants, in the absence of any commitment to build new nuclear plants? Second: does the U.S. believe it can compete with China and Russia while shutting down half to two-thirds of its nuclear fleet? Third: is Congress really comfortable standing by, and watching dozens of nations partner with China and Russia to expand their use of nuclear over the next century?"
"If the answer to the latter question is 'yes', I think Congress should inform the American people it has decided to cede America's historic role as creator, promoter, and steward of the world's most sensitive, dual-use technology to our main geopolitical rivals."