Robert Bryce, Five Myths About Green Energy
Five false arguments made by the greens:
- Solar and wind power are the greenest of them all.
- Going green will reduce our dependence on imports from unsavory regimes.
- A green economy will produce green American jobs.
- Electric cars will substantially reduce demand for oil.
- The United States lags behind other rich countries in going green
Peter Huber, writing in the City Journal, has a terrific article on the older generation of environmentalist leaders and how they are coming around to the realization that nuclear power is a viable solution to the nation's energy needs in the future. He quotes Stewart Brand, founder and editor of the Whole Earth Catalog, and a major figure in the environmentalist movement thusly:
“Fear of radiation is a far more important health threat than radiation itself.” “Reactor safety is a problem already solved,” and the new reactors are even safer than the old. Waste isn’t a problem; we need the $10 billion Yucca mountain disposal site “about as much as we need a facility for imprisoning dangerous extraterrestrials.” Nuclear power isn’t just the cheapest practical carbon-free option around, but the cheapest, period, when not snarled up in green tape. Scientists “invariably poll high in support of nuclear.”At least in this moment, a consensus in favor of nuclear power seems to be emerging, but Huber is restrained in his optimism. He notes the intellectual history of the green movement, which jumps from fad to fad with undaunted enthusiasm based upon highly questionable information and questions the durability of their current interest in nuclear power, which he sees as merely a consequence of today's faddish carbon hysteria. They are, in his mind, untrustworthy allies. Maybe so, but I welcome the dawning of reason in the minds of some of the green leadership, even if it is just a transitory affectation.