Friends of the Earth: In a world full of economic, safe and clean renewable energy options, there is no excuse for the resurrection of expensive and dangerous nuclear energy. Based on 60-year-old technology, the extreme danger of nuclear power has reared its ugly head yet again. Since it was first commercialized, nuclear power has proven to be one of the dirtiest, most dangerous and most expensive sources of energy. Nuclear reactors have a long history of accidents, leaks, extended outages and skyrocketing costs.
Chris Williams, Socialist Worker dot org: From the beginning, unlocking the power of the atom for "peaceful" energy production was about waging war to its logical endpoint: The power to destroy life on a planetary scale. The interconnection between nuclear power and nuclear weapons is inescapable. Because nuclear weapons are designed to be the "Hammer of God," the ultimate arbiter of power, any country that is under external threat will logically seek to develop nuclear weapons as a deterrent, which was their stated benefit and contribution to "world peace."
Green America is active in addressing the climate crisis by transitioning the US electricity mix away from its heavy emphasis on coal-fired and natural gas power. But all of that work will be wasted if we transition from fossil fuels to an equally dangerous source – nuclear power. Nuclear power is not a climate solution. It may produce lower-carbon energy, but this energy comes with a great deal of risk.
Ken Kok is a nuclear engineer and leading member of the American Society of Mechanical Engineers advocating for advanced nuclear power technology with spent fuel recycling. Mechanical engineers contributed significantly to the development of many nuclear power technologies.