(Stewart Brand, Thomas Cochran, John Holdren, NPR) USofA - Will Nuclear Power Be Part Of A Climate Solution29.Oct.2019
John Holdren, Science Advisor to President Barack Obama claims to be pro-nuclear power but says existing technology isn't safe enough and we must not use key advanced nuclear technology, which is essential in the long-term, Thomas Cochran worked with the Natural Resources Defense Council since the 1970s particularly to impede use of nuclear power, especially the kind that uses most of the potential energy and produces the lease amount of radioactive waste, Stewart Brand is the Founder of the Whole Earth Catalog, initially anti-nuclear power turned pro-nuclear power, He also has become a realist about man-made global warming. He is on the right track in all areas. Ernest Moniz was an Undersecretary for the Department of Energy and Physics Professor at MIT. Cochran and Holdren contributed little to actual development of nuclear power in the United States, mainly criticized it.: This NPR interview addresses a topic that is faulty from the beginning. Can nuclear power contribute to saving the world from catastrophic man-made global warming? Nuclear power can not and will not be expanded far enough to displace fossil fuels significantly for many decades. Whatever nuclear construction is accomplished will hardly impact climate change since it is mostly natural. Nuclear power has its own reasons to be promoted, namely lots of energy for a very long time and better for the environment.
Stewart Brand, the man who helped usher in the environmental movement in the 1960s and '70s has been rethinking his positions on biodiversity and mass extinctions. Whereas biodiversity may be surviving well at lower levels of the world food chain, more consideration should be given to protecting wildlife and their habitat at the top of the food chain.
John Tjostem, microbiology, botany, professor emeritus of biology - Will our children and grandchildren inherit a world that has adequate food and clean energy resources to offer quality of life? If yes, we must grapple with three thorny issues which threaten to reduce quality of life in the future: 1) Finding abundant clean energy to replace dwindling fossil fuels; 2) Bringing our world’s population down to a long term sustainable level; 3) Slowing climate change.
To say that the Earth is a human planet becomes truer every day. Humans are made from the Earth, and the Earth is remade by human hands. Many earth scientists express this by stating that the Earth has entered a new geological epoch: the Anthropocene, the Age of Humans.
As scholars, scientists, campaigners, and citizens, we write with the conviction that knowledge and technology, applied with wisdom, might allow for a good, or even great, Anthropocene. A good Anthropocene demands that humans use their growing social, economic, and technological powers to make life better for people, stabilize the climate, and protect the natural world.