February 10, 2019
A real and serious “Green New Deal” would involve a major investment in nuclear power.
This week several Democrats unveiled a “Green New Deal” to solve a problem that does not actually exist. They are proposing a complete restructuring of our society to fight “climate change.” They’ve bought into an unproven theory that the emission of fossil fuels into the atmosphere is causing changes in the weather. These changes in the weather they say will result in an environmental apocalypse causing the death of every living thing on the planet.
These are just some of the things that they want to complete by 2030 as part of this “Green New Deal“:
- Rebuild or revamp every building in the country to be energy efficient
- Phase out nuclear energy
- Replace all air travel with high speed trains
- End all traditional forms of energy production
- Invent new “green” technologies to provide energy
Obviously, such a plan would be entirely impractical to implement. It reveals that these people are living in a fantasy world and are incapable of dealing with practical realities. They are indulging in emotionally driven fantasies thinking that the entire country can run off of solar energy and windmill farms.
But let’s suspend disbelief for a moment and accept their view of the world. If fossil fuel emissions into the atmosphere were legitimately going to result in the destruction of the planet, they should be demanding the immediate expansion of nuclear power.
Nuclear power is a proven energy source and its use has dramatically eliminated the burning of fossil fuels.
Nuclear power is classified as a low greenhouse gas energy supply technology, along with renewable energy, by the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change. Since its commercialization in the 1970s, nuclear power has prevented about 1.84 million air pollution-related deaths and the emission of about 64 billion tonnes of carbon dioxide equivalent that would have otherwise resulted from the burning of fossil fuels.
Yes, nuclear power generates toxic waste that has to be dealt with. But dealing with toxic waste would be a far more preferable option than having the entire planet destroyed from fossil fuel emissions. Even if this resulted in situations like the “toxic waste” scene in RoboCop, it would still be a better alternative than an environmental apocalypse.
The fact that their “Green New Deal” actually advocates for the elimination of nuclear power is proof of how stupid their plan is. They openly state their opposition to the most efficient source of energy that does not emit fossil fuels.
Expanding nuclear power would at least reduce fossil fuel emissions and buy us time for new energy solutions to be developed. There’s a good chance that we’ll see a breakthrough in nuclear fusion technology at some point in the 21st century. That would give us nuclear power without the toxic waste generated from fission reactions. But until such a breakthrough happens, why not build more fission plants?
Whatever the case, climate change is an enormous hoax designed to convince White people to pay more taxes for the good of the planet. It becomes an even more apparent hoax when the people who believe in it the most refuse to endorse the most practical solution to this fake problem.