Ben Heard, one of the most effective nuclear energy communicators I know, has produced a report titled Zero Carbon Options – Seeking an economic mix for an environmental outcome in partnership Brown & Pang. It has been peer reviewed by energy and climate experts Professor Barry Brook (Sir Hubert Wilkins Chair of Climate Change at Adelaide University) and Mr Martin Nicholson (author of The Power Makers’s Challenge, available through Springer Press).
Ben is seeking crowd funding so that he can promote the results of his research. He is based in Australia; his crowd sourcing tool of choice is Pozible which is roughly equivalent to Kickstarter.
It is time for nuclear energy supporters to dig deep and arm ourselves with the same kind of tools that our opposition has been using for so many years with such harmful effect on our business prospects. I’ve added my pledge, please add yours. As is the case with Kickstarter, if Ben does not reach his goal, none of the pledges will be collected and none of the promotion will be enabled.
Aside: In this case, I am pretty confident that the pledges will be collected. After just a day of asking, Ben is already 1/3 of the way to the goal. So take that as a warning – if you pledge, the funds will leave your account and go towards a great cause. End Aside.
Also on my radar screen this morning was a terrific graphic provided by Andrea Jennetta at I Dig U Mining. It is a great answer to the false information promoted by John Douglass and the other people who are opposed to uranium mining at Coles Hill near Chatham, VA, just an hour’s drive southeast of my home.
Please go and read the associated post Radiation: How Does Living Near A Uranium Mine Compare?
BTW, I am pretty sure that Andrea is just as amused as I am by Douglass’s assertion that the people who are supporting uranium mining in Virginia are all “right-wing”. Douglass Rejects Right-Wing Push for Virginia Uranium Mining. Both of us consider ourselves to be quite liberal and love the idea of good family wage jobs being created in an area with a depressed economy that could use the injection of revenue to support good schools and effective infrastructure development.
There is something about Douglass’s campaign against uranium mining that confuses me completely – he has received campaign contributions from executives at USEC, the company formerly known as the US Enrichment Corporation. Can anyone help me understand why a company that process uranium and should favor an increase its local supply options would support someone who is so adamantly opposed to the beneficial use of a natural resource?