Four of the world's top climate and energy scientists have released a letter urging "the development and deployment of safer nuclear energy systems."
According to the letter by the climate scientists, the development of safer nuclear power is needed to cut fossil fuel pollution, which contributes to smog, acid rain, and climate change. The Scientists state that "in the real world there is no credible path to climate stabilization that does not include a substantial role for nuclear power."
The letter is signed by Dr. Ken Caldeir of the Carnegie Institution, Dr. Kerry Emanuel of the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Dr. James Hansen of the Columbia University Earth Institute, and Dr. Tom Wigley of the University of East Anglia and the National Center for Atmospheric Research.
Supporting nuclear power: the tide is turning
In the past support for nuclear power was typically not on the agenda of most environmentalists.
Recently in the midst of renewed concerns over radiation leaks at Japan, we presented the article "Environmentalist Mark Lynas claims opposing nuclear power is a mistake." The article included a BBC news video by Lynas delivering a decent presentation on the merits of nuclear power.
Mark Lynas is an environmentalist who said he "grew up hating nuclear power." Lynas later realized that "continuing to oppose nuclear was a mistake," and like the scientists mentioned here, he now looks at nuclear power as an essential part of climate stabilization by reducing fossil fuel pollution.
The debate on nuclear power versus global warming
Currently, nuclear power issues have been making news more that global warming issues. The Fukushima nuclear disaster raises concerns as to the potential dangers of nuclear power and the potential for a disruption of the flow of food, water, and electricity.
In the letter released by the top climate and energy scientists they state, "Quantitative analyses show that the risks associated with the expanded use of nuclear energy are orders of magnitude smaller than the risks associated with fossil fuels."
An interesting debate emerges between nuclear power safety versus global warming concerns.
What are your questions on the topics of nuclear safety and disaster preparedness?