A major reason that climate change skepticism has captured a strong foothold in the United States is that many of climate activists are illogical and inconsistent.
They profess grave concern about climate change and call it one of the greatest threats to human civilization on Earth. They adamantly refuse to critically consider the usefulness of nuclear science and technology to serve as major tools in the struggle to slow CO2 emissions.
They plug their collective ears when nuclear specialists try to explain that costs and schedules are not fixed, but fixable with practice, experience and enabling regulatory treatment.
For practical minded Americans, anyone who cries “Wolf” while repeatedly refusing an offered shotgun cannot be very worried about the wolf.
Here is the first clip in a series from the Tuesday November 15 episode of Democracy Now!
The story features three of the most visible climate change activists in the world. Conversation participants include Daniel Kammen from the University of California Berkeley and a science envoy for the US State Department, Amy Goodman, the lead journalist at Democracy Now!, and Asad Rehman from Friends of the Earth International.
Here is the line up of the remainder of the clips that portray President-elect Trump as a climate change denier.
The transcripts of the discussion do not include a single use of the word “nuclear.” The climate change advocates, who frequently accuse others of denying science, are overlooking the fact that Trump’s inner circle of advisors include several who know that it is within the power of the President to take actions that can enable nuclear energy to contribute to a hugely effective CO2 and air pollution reduction program.
These visible and deeply concerned advocates are worried about the long term effects of a Trump Administration, but if the newly elected President lowers the barriers that have been created during the past four decades with the quietly stated purpose of slowing nuclear energy development, it could help him lead the most successful administration in history at reducing both air pollution and the carbon dioxide intensity of US energy production. It’s not necessary to be a believer to be an achiever.
As the US succeeds as a nuclear technology and services developer, there is little doubt that the products created will be marketed around the world. That marketing effort will help others achieve similar emissions and pollution reductions.