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1/9/2016 by mdc
Dr. Conca reports that nothing was said about an all-of-the-above energy mix like the COP21 climate meeting in Paris last month. Along with climate experts such as Dr. James Hansen, most heads of state agreed that we need a lot more of all low-carbon energy sources, not just renewables. But many people with an ideological bent towards renewables only, and anti-nuclear in particular, have started denigrating those scientists and experts who understand that all low-carbon energy sources are needed to fight this most urgent problem.

To limit the rise in global mean temperatures to 2 degrees C the global power sector will need to be virtually decarbonized by mid-century. The only way to do this is with a mix of technologies including hydro, wind, solar, biomass, efficiency and nuclear. We need ten times more wind and solar (if even possible), twice as much hydro (maybe possible) and three times as much nuclear (could be done).

But anti-nuclear activists like Jim Green, Naomi Oreskes and Alan Jeffery immediately began attacking Dr. Hansen, ironic given that Hansen is the person most credited with giving global warming the attention it has and making renewables the go-to energy source for most policy makers intent on addressing this issue. It is like liberals attacking Bernie Sanders for not being liberal enough.

Most of these anti-nuke activists think of themselves as climate activists as well, but they appear to care more about their anti-nuke ideology than the planet. I guess they were particularly upset when four of the best-known climate scientists in the world, led by Hansen, called them out on their climate hypocrisy and anti-science position in Paris.

Dr. James Hansen, Dr. Tom Wigley, Dr. Ken Caldeira and Dr. Kerry Emanuel were adamant in Paris about nuclear energy, declaring that the anti-nuclear position of environmental leaders is causing unnecessary and severe harm to the environment and to Earth's future.

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