Nuclear Power Backed By U.N.

Nuclear Power Backed By U.N.


I’ve been posting about the benefits of nuclear power for some time now, and today I read a story about U.N. scientists proposing that we embrace nuclear power as a way to combat global warming. Not only that, we’re talking about cleaner air and cheaper energy for all.

From the Daily Mail:

More than 2,000 scientists have contributed to the intergovernmental panel on climate change (IPCC) report and 400 of them met today in Bangkok to finalise it before publication on Friday. The report is the biggest to study the practical actions that could reduce emissions and its findings will play a key role in Kyoto negotiations which will take place in December.

The new report is the third this year by the UN climate panel. An IPCC report in February said it was at least 90 per cent certain that mankind was to blame for global warming and on 6 April it warned of more hunger, droughts and rising seas.

“We’re moving from two very sobering reports to what we can do about climate change,” said Achim Steiner, the head of the UN’s environment programme. “And we can do it.”

While this won’t necessarily save the world, I do think it’s a necessary step towards energy independence.

Will we listen? Well…not likely. Creating these plants is a costly endeavor and would be hugely unpopular politically. Still, I wish somebody had the sack to see nuclear energy for what it is: safe, clean and effective.

  • James Aach

    Any energy plan should begin with conservation, since the cheapest, safest energy is that which isn’t used.

    My biggest concern when electric energy policy is discussed is that few understand how electricity is actually made right now. If we don’t understand our energy present, how can we hope to pick the best energy future? I happen to work in the U.S. nuclear industry, but I’m not sold on any particular kind of energy for the future. (Really. They all have problems.)

    To help with the public energy discussion, I’ve written a novel looking at nuclear power in the U.S. – its people, its politics, its technology. Rad Decision is available at no cost online at – and readers seem to like it judging from their comments on the homepage. It is also now in paperback at online retailers. Both proponents and critics will find a lot to muse over in Rad Decision – because the real world of nuclear power is far different than what most imagine it to be (both good and bad).

    “I’d like to see Rad Decision widely read.” – Stewart Brand, internet pioneer, founder of “The Whole Earth Catalog” and noted futurist.