Nuclear Support is trending
David Leonhardt, the New York Times’ Pulitzer Prize-winning Op-Ed columnist, used his May 6th daily precise of relevant news which is sent to subscribers to review the status of how various individuals’ and groups’ within the Democratic party are changing their thinking and approaches towards addressing climate change, while also weighing in with his own personal opinion about nuclear energy.
I’ve changed my mind on this issue, as I explained in this magazine article. I used to favor starting with a carbon tax or cap-and-trade program, because they seem to be the most efficient way to attack climate change. But they’re not efficient if they never pass.
So I’ve come to think a different approach makes more sense: to start with a combination of energy standards, like those in the Inslee and O’Rourke plans, and government subsidies for clean-energy research, production and use.
Elsewhere: Ryan Fitzpatrick of Third Way praises the plans for leaving room for nuclear power, which some progressives oppose. I agree. Nuclear should be part of the solution. [Emphasis added.]
Click here to read David Leonhardt’s full Op-Ed column about how the Democrats are approaching climate change.
David’ article in the New York Times Magazine on April 9th, entitled “The Problem With Putting a Price on the End of the World” is pretty darn good, too.