Introduction to the Climate Coalition
We are very concerned about the lack of progress the United States is making addressing our carbon emissions. This is very much a function of bickering between people about which source of clean energy they prefer! Rather than focusing on addressing emissions on a priority basis and then, after that, re-engineering energy, climate activists are largely arguing about the “means” and have lost their focus on the “ends” of the climate battle. This is totally self-defeating.
Our choices are rather limited. We have solar and wind power, which are intermittent energy sources that require a source of back-up power, since solar generates power about 20 to 25% of the time and wind about 30 to 40% of the time. Those leave gaps of 75-80% of demand and 60-70% of demand respectively, which gaps is currently provided by natural gas.
What is needed is to fill in that gap with a source of firm clean energy. Options include hydro, geothermal and nuclear power. Both hydro and geothermal energy could be used but these sources are limited to select geographies. Nuclear power, however, is a far more scalable source of clean energy and next generation designs will enable us to build nuclear wherever baseload power is needed. Unfortunately, a considerable number of environmentalists oppose nuclear. This has allowed a vast growth in the use of natural gas, which has been great for fossil fuel companies but it is terrible for our climate progress.
The Climate Coalition has been working to counter the narrative that nuclear power is highly dangerous—which does not reflect the actual data—and that natural gas is safe, which is demonstrably not true. Natural gas is a huge source of toxic emissions and a major contributor to climate change. Yet, for too long, the press only published anti-nuclear viewpoints. A very few antinuclear voices magnified the impression that no one supports nuclear when the opposite is true: nuclear power is far more popular and supported than it appears.
We urge you to join our coalition and demand rational decisions from our political leaders that includes nuclear power, so that we can solve climate change before it is too late. Accordingly, our goals are:
- Educate the public about the benefits of nuclear in dependence on fossil fuels
- Show the extent of public support for nuclear-inclusive climate solutions
- Build a climate coalition of activists who prioritize emissions reductions over the internecine fighting by those who want to exclude nuclear at ANY COST
- Defend at-risk nuclear power plants that are threatened by attacks from vested interests (those seeking to expand markets for their competing energy sources).
Thank you for reading our information, joining the coalition and lending your support to our campaigns. We need your help to get more rapid action on climate solutions that work! If you have any questions, please contact us here.