Wall Street Journal acknowledges need for nuclear energy to address climate change
On January 11, 2019, the Wall Street Journal established itself as the media source willing to help environmentalists sharpen their pencils about the mathematical challenge posed by climate change and our dependence upon fossil fuels. In an article written by Joshua Goldstein and Staffan Qvist entitled Only Nuclear Energy Can Save the Planet: Do the math on replacing fossil fuels: To move fast enough, the world needs to build lots of reactors, the authors explain why our ability to cut fossil fuel use drastically enough to “stave off a potentially catastrophic tipping point for the planet” requires that we take a cold, hard and calculating look at the moral issue—which involves continuing to meet our energy needs that provides so much to our lives—and fully account for how much energy resplacement that requires. Understanding the scale of the issue means that we need to do the math, not wave our hands and hope for the best. When you do the math, it becomes abundantly clear that even growing renewables as quickly as possible, in order to meet our gigantic demand for energy, nuclear power (which is clean energy) needs to be part of the energy replacement solution.