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Climate Change Emergency: Nuclear Energy

"[M]ore people die from fossil fuels every three days than have died in the whole history of nuclear power. Had global nuclear power expanded from 1990 to 2010 at the rate it did from 1970 to 1990, we would have been spared the approximately 32 million lives lost over that period as a consequence of fossil fuel combustion" (285).

"[I]t is vital to recognize two essential facts: First, electricity accounts for only about 25 percent of global power consumption, and the world must also decarbonize transportation, industrial processes, heating of homes and commercial buildings, and agriculture. Second, civilization must not only decarbonize existing energy production but account for large increases in energy demand projected to come from developing nations. . . . [I]t is clear that the fastest routes to complete decarbonization of electrical power production involve judicious combinations of renewables and nuclear fission. This is more an empirical than a theoretical statement; Sweden and France did exactly this and did so in a dozen years or so" (287).

Emanuel, Kerry. "Nuclear Fear: The Irrational Obstacle to Real Climate Action." Bulletin of the Atomic Scientists, vol. 77, no. 6, Nov. 2021, pp. 285-89