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Tuesday
May152012

Audacious nuclear hypocrisy

Choosing nuclear energy has actually made climate change worse, argues Beyond Nuclear's Linda Pentz Gunter in her latest column on Counterpunch. An excerpt: ". . .it is Japan’s historic reliance on nuclear energy which will now cause it, at least temporarily, to increase its greenhouse gas emissions. Had it turned to renewables earlier and integrated them sooner, this would not be the case." And: "The US arrived at a similar crossroads in 1952 when President Truman’s blue ribbon commission on energy – dubbed the Paley Commission after its chairman – concluded that nuclear power could deliver only a modest fraction of American energy requirements at best. Instead, the commission strongly recommended 'aggressive research in the whole field of solar energy – an effort in which the United States could make an immense contribution to the welfare of the world.' "