The Aug. 9 Other View column Nuclear power is a losing proposition is a deceptive argument that plays favorites with the various forms of clean energy. For these groups to attack the only source of 24/7 carbon-free electricity is ironic and counterproductive.
No one would disagree that wind- and solar-generated power are important sources of clean energy — but so is nuclear power. Eight out of 10 Americans believe that we should use all of these tools in a cleaner energy portfolio, according to a survey conducted earlier this year by Bisconti Research/Quest Global Research.
What differentiates nuclear energy in this portfolio is reliability of electricity production. Electricity from wind and solar is not generated if the wind isn’t blowing and the sun isn’t shining, while nuclear energy generates power around the clock.
In Florida, nuclear energy is responsible for 98 percent of the state’s emissions-free electricity. If these facilities shut down, as the authors support, 15 million metric tons of carbon dioxide would be pumped into our air.
No form of carbon-free energy should be off the table in the face of electricity demand that is projected to grow 29 percent by 2040, and the rising threat of climate change.
Christine Todd Whitman, co-chair, Clean and Safe Energy Coalition, Washington, D.C.