The sleezeball has outdone himself by making nuclear energy a centerpiece of his climate policy. In the first place it’s not a low carbon source of energy – building a nuclear plant is incredibly carbon intensive. Nuclear plants are also extremely dangerous to human health (eg Fukushima) and we still have no solution for nuclear waste that remains radioactive for hundreds of thousands of years.
Obama has made nuclear energy a centerpiece of his climate push.
Mark Jacobson – the head of Stanford University’s Atmosphere and Energy Program, who has written numerous books and hundreds of scientific papers on climate and energy, and testified before Congress numerous times on those issues – notes that nuclear puts out much more pollution (including much more CO2) than windpower, and 1.5% of all the nuclear plants built have melted down. Jacobson alsopoints out that it takes at least 11 years to permit and build a nuclear plant, whereas it takes less than half that time to fire up a wind or solar farm. Between the application for a nuclear plant…
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