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Saturday, April 09, 2005

GREGORY DIET MOCKED

Has the whole world gone completely sane? First Peter Garrett moderated his decades-long opposition to nuclear energy, and now the NYT’s Nicholas Kristof says yay for nukes:

If there was one thing that used to be crystal clear to any environmentalist, it was that nuclear energy was the deadliest threat this planet faced. That’s why Dick Gregory pledged at a huge anti-nuke demonstration in 1979 that he would eat no solid food until all nuclear plants in the U.S. were shut down.

Mr. Gregory may be getting hungry.

But it’s time for the rest of us to drop that hostility to nuclear power. It’s increasingly clear that the biggest environmental threat we face is actually global warming, and that leads to a corollary: nuclear energy is green.

Nuclear power, in contrast with other sources, produces no greenhouse gases. So President Bush’s overall environmental policy gives me the shivers, but he’s right to push ahead for nuclear energy. There haven’t been any successful orders for new nuclear plants since 1973, but several proposals for new plants are now moving ahead - and that’s good for the world we live in.

Kristof’s march to reason continues apace. Soon he will be fired.

(via Alan R.M. Jones)

Posted by Tim B. on 04/09/2005 at 01:31 PM
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