Wednesday, April 19, 2006

Quote of The Day

Patrick Moore, co-founder of Greenpeace, and chairman and chief scientist of Greenspirit Strategies Ltd., writing in the Washington Post Monday:

In the early 1970s when I helped found Greenpeace, I believed that nuclear energy was synonymous with nuclear holocaust, as did most of my compatriots. That's the conviction that inspired Greenpeace's first voyage up the spectacular rocky northwest coast to protest the testing of U.S. hydrogen bombs in Alaska's Aleutian Islands. Thirty years on, my views have changed, and the rest of the environmental movement needs to update its views, too, because nuclear energy may just be the energy source that can save our planet from another possible disaster: catastrophic climate change.
Okay, that's a good reason to pursue nuclear energy. But in addition to saving the planet, how about saving the United States from a potentially ruinous dependence on petroleum from unstable Middle Eastern regimes?


Blogger James Aach said...

Unless we go to electric or hydrogen-powered vehicles, the oil and electiricity parts of our energy bargain with the devil will remain separate.

You might be interested to know that Stewart Brand, the founder of The Whole Earth Catalog mentioned in the linked article above, has also endorsed a techno-thriller novel of nuclear power by a longtime industry insider (me). This story serves as a lay person's guide to the good and the bad of this power source. (There's plenty of both.) The book is available at no cost to readers at  - and they seem to like it, judging from their comments on the homepage. 

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Wednesday, April 19, 2006 4:35:00 PM  

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