Atomic Show #215 – Armond Cohen, CATF, describes need for nuclear

Armond Cohen is the Executive Director of the Clean Air Task Force. We spoke in January 2008 on episode #78 of the Atomic Show. At that time, Armond and his organization did not take a position on nuclear energy.

On March 28 of this year, I heard Armond give a talk at the commemoration of 35 years since the Three Mile Island accident. During that talk Cohen clearly stated that his organization had carefully evaluated all available options and scenarios and had come to the conclusion that nuclear energy would play an important role in any successful effort to decarbonise the global energy supply system.

CATF acknowledges that there are also important roles for renewable energy, energy efficiency, and, possibly, carbon capture and storage, but without help from nuclear energy, efforts were not going to succeed.

He agreed to my request for an interview. We spoke on June 5, 2014.

Just in case you have not heard of the Clean Air Task Force, here is a quote from their page titled “What Others Are Saying About CATF.”

Sue Tierney, Managing Principal, Analysis Group, Inc., Boston

Among the many nonprofit organizations dedicated to addressing atmospheric pollution, the Clean Air Task Force distinguishes itself by navigating the complex terrain with technically rich analyses, intellectually rigorous assessments, and compelling and brave arguments. CATF is willing to dig deep for answers on cutting edge issues, and then address policy issues from factually grounded positions. It is a precious resource with impact significantly larger than its small size.


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