Charles Barton at Nuclear Greens knocks down some myths about nuclear energy
Last April the Nation, an international journal of progressive thought, published a major attack on the nuclear renaissance. In an essay published April 24 Christian Parenti, a noted author of several books on political science and sociology, writes a hostile review about the turn around of the nuclear industry.
There was one part of the article I liked, and that is Parenti's poetic remark, "where industry and science seek to reproduce the process that occurs inside the sun." That's the whole point of harnessing the atom. Why would any environmental group want more coal plants? That's the de facto choice once you take nuclear energy off the table.
This is the approach taken by Charles Barton at his Nuclear Green blog. He writes . . .
There is no substantial case against nuclear power on the political left. The so called liberal or left wing opponents of nuclear power back up their opposition with bumper sticker slogans, misinformation, and out right ignorance.
As a liberal I value truth and reject misinformation and lies. A major purpose of my blogging is to develop fact based and tightly reasoned analyses of issues relating to nuclear power. My review of the charges brought against the use of nuclear reactors has led me to demonstrate that the opposition to nuclear power is largely myth based.
The reflex opposition of Democrats to nuclear powerHere in Idaho I've found that the few Democrats who run for office invariably oppose nuclear energy as a reflex and without regard to the facts. In 2007 Boise Democrats voted a a block against a resolution for new nuclear missions for the Idaho National Laboratory simply because the Republicans were for it. Other Democrats railed against the new uranium enrichment plant planned for eastern Idaho despite urgent pleas from trade unions in Pocatello because of the high paying jobs that would come with construction of the $2 billion facility. One Democratic state representative personally escorted the leader of an anti-nuclear group into a committee hearing room. In the State of Washington the Democratic Governor spooked her supporters by giving at best half hearted support for that location for the Areva facility. Her alignment with the "green" wing of the Democratic party west of the Cascades doomed the state's chances to land the facility. Clearly, Democrats don't "get" nuclear energy. Maybe they need help understanding the facts? This is all the more reason why Barton's deconstruction of the myths about nuclear power promoted by the "progressive" side of the Democratic party is so important. Here's more.
The promise of science, envisioned by Francis Bacon and Rene Descartes is increasingly being realized by human society. The single most important key to that promise has been the control of ever more efficient and powerful energy sources by the application of science to energy production. The continued control of such powerful energy sources such as nuclear energy, which offers great power coupled with control, is critical to the realization of the goals of progressives.So if you've got a few minutes for some thoughtful reading on a Saturday afternoon, wander on over to Barton's place and see what he has to say. It is well worth your time.
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