“The threat of climate change calls for global responses, including expanded use of nuclear power to produce the electricity needed to sustain rising standards of living of the world’s growing population.”
—Energy Secretary Ernest Moniz, Sept. 14, 2015 at IAEA.
“If you care about climate change or air pollution, you cannot casually write off nuclear power, which produces virtually no carbon dioxide emissions while generating a tremendous amount of reliable power.”
—The Washington Post editorial, Aug. 19, 2015.
“By leveraging cleaner energy sources and cutting energy waste, this plan will clean the air we breathe while helping slow climate change so we can leave a safe and healthy future for our kids.”
—EPA Administrator Gina McCarthy blog post from June 2, 2014.
“Nuclear power remains one of the only carbon-free base load power sources currently available. In New Jersey, about 52 percent of our in-state power is generated by nuclear.”
—New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection comments on draft EPA 111(d) rule, Nov. 26, 2014.
“Without nuclear power, depending on the assumptions made for replacement technologies, U.S. emissions would be 289-439 million metric tons higher in 2014, and 4-6 billion metric tons higher over the period of 2012 to 2025.”
—Center for Climate and Energy Solutions, “Climate Solutions: The Role of Nuclear Power, April 2014” infographic.
“The world needs to triple the energy it gets from renewables, nuclear reactors and power plants that use emissions-capture technology to avoid dangerous levels of global warming, United Nations scientists said.”
—Bloomberg, April 13, 2014.
“Growing concern about greenhouse gas emissions … has led to renewed interest in nuclear power. Nuclear energy emits very low levels of greenhouse gases, and unlike solar and wind power, provides a proven source of electricity capable of supplying a base load that is not subject to varying weather conditions.”
—U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, Advanced Notice of Proposed Rulemaking “Environmental Radiation Protection Standards for Nuclear Power Plants,” Feb. 4, 2014.
“As climate and energy scientists concerned with global climate change, we are writing to urge you to advocate the development and deployment of safer nuclear energy systems. We appreciate your organization’s concern about global warming, and your advocacy of renewable energy. But continued opposition to nuclear power threatens humanity’s ability to avoid dangerous climate change.”
—Open letter from Dr. Kenneth Caldeira of the Carnegie Institution, Dr. Kerry Emanuel of MIT, Dr. James Hansen of Columbia University and Dr. Tom Wigley of the National Center for Atmospheric Research to environmental organizations and politicians, Nov. 3, 2013.