We love renewables but we recognize that they only work when the sun is shining and the wind blowing—but we want energy all the time! Nuclear power produces clean energy around the clock. This means that, in the absence of nuclear, we use gas or coal to generate reliable power the rest of the time—causing massive CO2 emissions. This is really bad, especially in the time of COVID-19, because natural gas and coal increase pollution particulate matter.
Recent studies have shown that poor air quality puts vulnerable patients at increased risk of death. Nuclear power helps keep our air clean. Opposition to nuclear power is not based upon a clear-eyed recognition of its benefits. Nuclear has proven itself to be one of the safest and most ecologically beneficial ways of producing carbon-free and pollution-free energy. It has generated reliable power safely for decades and we desperately need it to be allowed to continue to provide us with reliable, base load energy so that we can avoid firing up more fossil fuels.
This is a matter of life and death, so it is vital that we not make an irreversible decision based upon anti-nuclear myths. Take some time to #KnowNukes, so you don’t get fooled by false information, much of which has long been propagated by the fossil fuel industry hoping for nuclear’s decline.