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Gregory Jaczko, former chairman of U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission and author of “Confessions of a Rogue Nuclear Regulator,” discusses the safety of nuclear energy and whether it should play a potential role in Democrats’ Green New Deal. He speaks with Bloomberg’s David Westin on “Bloomberg Markets: Balance of Power.”

Bloomberg 11th Feb 2019 read more »

As Democrats last week rolled out their long-awaited Green New Deal, one of the plan’s lead sponsors also released a fact sheet to explain in plain English how the United States could drive down to zero greenhouse gas emissions over the next decade. Such explainer documents are typical when members of Congress introduce new bills. What was notable about this one was the fact sheet and the official Green New Deal resolution it was supposed to be explaining didn’t see eye-to-eye on one crucial piece of the nation’s energy mix: nuclear power. The Green New Deal “will not include investing in new nuclear power plants,” read the fact sheet shared with reporters by the office of Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-N.Y.). Another fact sheet posted on Ocasio-Cortez’s website Thursday morning contained similar language. The resolution itself, however, does not say a word about nuclear power — either for or against its inclusion in a climate change action plan. Rather, the nonbinding measure simply calls for getting 100 percent of the nation’s power “through clean, renewable, and zero-emission energy sources” over the next 10 years.

Washington Post 11th Feb 2019 read more »

The revival of the Green New Deal framework (first developed in a report published in 2008) and popularized by Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez and Justice Democrats in the US, is a huge advance for green campaigners and, hopefully, for our threatened species. That is because it has a single radical ask: an ecological and economic transformation of the current system to end our addiction to fossil fuels and endless consumption of the earth’s finite assets.

Guardian 11th Feb 2019 read more »

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Published: 12 February 2019