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Obama knows nukes, Planet Gore knows nothing

By Joe Romm

"Obama knows nukes, Planet Gore knows nothing"

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So here is the unbelievable full post yesterday from the National Review‘s anti-climate-action website, Planet Gore:

The Nuclear Option [Drew Thornley]
In his Sunday interview on Meet the Press, host Tim Russert asked Sen. Barack Obama about his position on nuclear energy:

Russert: In terms of climate change, global warming, you’ve talked about wind and solar and biofuels. What about nuclear? All — in all realistic assessment, don’t we need more nuclear power in order to wean ourselves off of those same fuels that are contaminating the world?

Obama: I think we do have to look at nuclear, and what we’ve got to figure out is can we store the material properly? Can we make sure that they’re secure? Can we deal with the expense? Because the problem is, is that a lot of our nuclear industry, it reinvents the wheel. Each nuclear power plant that is proposed has a new design, has — it, it has all kinds of changes, there are all sorts of cost overruns. So it has not been an effective option. That doesn’t mean that it can’t be an effective option, but we’re going to have to figure out storage and safety issues. And my attitude when it comes to energy is there’s no silver bullet. We’ve got to be — we’ve, we’ve got to look at every possible option.

Hmm . . . So does Obama feel every energy option is on the table (like, say, extracting known but currently off-limits domestic oil reserves) or just non-fossil fuel options?

First off, Obama’s comments on nukes are exceedingly well-informed, unlike, say, John McCain’s (See “McCain calls for 700+ new nuclear plants (and seven Yucca mountains) costing $4 trillion.”).

Second, what closing comment by Planet Gore could possibly be more inane?


Russert was explicitly asking Obama “In terms of climate change, global warming … to wean ourselves off of those same fuels that are contaminating the world.

Note to PG: Yes, if the goal is to wean ourselves from the fuels that are contaminating the world, then, yes, duh, gimme a break … obviously currently off-limits domestic oil reserves are not on the table.

I have not bothered to debunk PG recently, since they publish this kind of nonsense every day. But they made it into the WSJ‘s excellent Environmental Capital blog today (here), so I thought I would see if they had reformed their ways. Silly me!

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3 Responses to Obama knows nukes, Planet Gore knows nothing

  1. If Obama’s concerned about cost overruns at nuclear plants then he’ll like the new streamlined approach to reactor approval at the NRC. Basically, you buy a reactor type they’ve already certified and you go ahead and build it without going through all kinds of reviews that give anti’s a chance for you to stop and pay money to them to fight you.

  2. msn nickleri says:

    If Obama’s concerned about cost overruns at nuclear plants then he’ll like the new streamlined approach to reactor approval at the NRC. Basically, you buy a reactor type they’ve already certified and you go ahead and build it without going through all kinds of reviews that give anti’s a chance for you to stop and pay money to them to fight you.