Give Gaia Cancer
Nukes are Green NYT Nicholas Kristof
(I)t'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.
Global energy demand will rise 60 percent over the next 25 years, according to the International Energy Agency, and nuclear power is the cleanest and best bet to fill that gap.
One of the most eloquent advocates of nuclear energy is James Lovelock, the British scientist who created the Gaia hypothesis, which holds that Earth is, in effect, a self-regulating organism.
I don’t have a problem with nuclear power as such. I like a good tan; I’ll risk the skin cancer. There is an amazing natural uranium nuclear formation in Africa that has been self regulating for millennia. I could certainly argue each of the `nuclear positives' Kristof highlights are actually negatives, but I’ve already done that in prior posts.
My real problem with people like Nicholas Kristof and cohorts (say, Thomas Friedman, also of the New York Times) is that they often have no idea what they are literally proposing, and it is like watching a young child play with blocks. The numbers and letters get mixed up and placed upside down, but the kid is happy.
Kristof gumbos up valid points, (global warming bad, global energy demand is rising) with non-sequiturs, (nuclear is the cleanest and best bet to fill that gap.)
Kristof is a tool. Not meeting the energy projections of “60 percent over 25 years” is unimaginable in his world. He has thus cast about for honeyed words and ideas to plug this fearsome gap.
Given the silly analysis in his piece, the hectoring, bully boy tone is insufferable -
Nukes are green -
It’s time for (us) to drop that hostility -
James Lovelock! Green! Likes Nukes! Be like James!
Screw Lovelock. His supposedly controversial Gaia Hypotheses was only surprising to materialist scientists, who ignored it back in the day and ignore it now. His theory never affected the vast spectrum of humanity who have always been intrinsic NIMBY environmentalists, excepting of course them who specifically profit from the globe’s destruction for the time being.
Cloaked as green, Kristof is pimping idealized industrial culture. Suck it down. Drop your hostility and open wide. You’ll like it.