When Will the Fossil Nukes Ever Move On?

Mark Lynas wrote another unsurprising article at the Guardian titled “Without nuclear, the battle against global warming is as good as lost”.

As anybody paying a minimum of attention knows, Lynas is still trying to push nuclear as a solution to global warming. His latest effort was triggered by the new Japanese energy strategy, which I described with the headline “Nuclear Dead in Japan, only Funeral Missing” and the announcement of new French President Hollande that he will actually follow through on his campaign pledge of reducing nuclear to 50 % of electricity. As well he should in a democracy where following through should be expected of politicians.

These are some substantial setbacks for nuclear. It was hopeless as a climate change solution already, as documented in the recent “Nuclear Industry Status Report”. But it is of course even more so after these further setbacks.

At this point, denying that nuclear is a failed loser solution is about as realistic as denying that climate change is happening in the first place.

I wonder what it takes for Fossil Nukes like Lynas to finally acknowledge that their position has lost and move on. They could be actually doing something useful instead of chasing their impossible dreams of playing with plutonium.

Published by kflenz

Professor at Aoyama Gakuin University, Tokyo. Author of Lenz Blog (since 2003, lenzblog.com).

2 thoughts on “When Will the Fossil Nukes Ever Move On?

    1. I don’t think Mark Lynas gets paid by any energy-related interests. I recall that he had this to say last year:

      “For the record, let me say loud and clear: I do not, and will never, work behind the scenes for any industry or interest group whose issues I comment on.” (Concerning allegations that he was paid by a pro-GMO lobby group.)


      I believe the above statement by Mark Lynas to be true. While I disagree with some of the facts he is reporting on Germany, I don’t doubt his integrity.


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