Saturday, April 09, 2005

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.


At 5:39 AM, April 09, 2005, Blogger Big Gav said...

There was one positive aspect to it - you've got a neocon publically saying global warming is a problem rather than an environmentalist conspiracy...

At 1:17 PM, April 09, 2005, Blogger monkeygrinder said...

Well, I would consider Kristof to be kind of a centrist, the kind who pretends he is a liberal and then spends his time attacking liberal ideas (except when he is rescuing prostitutes in cambodia)

But these ideas - ramped up nuclear - 500mpg car - are flowing directly from the neocon cabal, and landing on fertile ground. I'm gonna post on that tonight.

At 2:52 PM, April 10, 2005, Blogger SW said...

Here is the only way that I can get behind a resurgence in the use of nuclear power. Right now we've got all of this fissile material sitting around in nuclear warheads, doing diddly squat that we as a civilization are going to have to babysit for eternity. Figure out a way to put them to work, literally turning swords into plowshares and I will consider supporting the idea. That way it is a zero sum game. I am told there are technological reasons why that is challenging. So, work on it. Otherwise, I'm not all that interested unless you figure out what you are going to do with the waste.

At 9:10 PM, April 10, 2005, Blogger monkeygrinder said...

SW - I have a fair amount of pragmatism regarding nuclear. I think all the easily mined uranium will in fact be mined and used in nuclear reactors.

There is no evidence right now that there is enough uranium to support even a tripling of worldwide capacity - but sure, that could change.

Finally - beating our swords into plowshares is great by me.

Waste is a scary issue as we had into a declining energy situation - will people forgot about this stuff in a depleting oil situation?

odds are...


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