Michael Shellenberger of the Breakthrough Institute states that he loves wind and solar and always has, but he has learned to recognize their limitations. He reminds viewers that solar energy produces less than one tenth of one percent of the energy used in the United States. He is deeply concerned about climate change and the challenge of providing adequate clean energy options to the world’s developing nations. He reminds everyone that China and India are not asking our permission to use coal and other natural resources in order to develop their economies, but if they do not have any other affordable options that is the path that they are going to continue taking.
Dale Bryk of the Natural Resources Defense Council (NRDC) makes a pitch that appeals to the supporters of the free market. She states that the NRDC is most interested in developing the cheapest, fastest energy sources. She absolves environmental groups of any responsibility for prior actions that have added costs to nuclear energy developments and increased risk. She and many others in leadership positions in “the environmental community” want viewers to forget the effect that protests have had on the investment climate associated with nuclear energy projects.