NYT: Leading Scientists Tout Environmental Benefits of Nuclear Energy


Four leading environmental scientist are encouraging environmentalists who are against nuclear energy to reconsider. In a letter that was published in The New York Times, Kenneth Caldeira of the Carnegie Institution, Kerry Emanuel at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, James E. Hansen of Columbia University and Tom Wigley of the National Center for Atmospheric Research and the University of Adelaide argue that safe nuclear power systems are a practical means to address climate change. It is the only way, they say, to increase energy supply while reducing greenhouse gas emissions. Renewables, often touted as a clean energy alternative, cannot scale up fast enough to be a viable replacement for nuclear.

There are no energies without risk, but nuclear poses fewer risks than fossil fuel power systems. The scientists ask that environmentalists who are engaged in shaping policy let energy system decisions be based on facts.

Read the full letter and commentary here.