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Why Anyone Concerned about Climate Change Should Support Nuclear Power

Why Anyone Concerned about Climate Change Should Support Nuclear Power 1090463 NLFXXX10.1177/10957960221090463New Labor Forum XX(X)Rodberg research-article2022 On the Contrary New Labor Forum 2022, Vol. 31(2) 8 –11 Why Anyone Concerned Copyright © 2022, The Murphy Institute, CUNY School of Labor and Urban Studies Article reuse guidelines: about Climate Change sagepub.com/journals-permissions https://doi.org/10.1177/10957960221090463 DOI: 10.1177/10957960221090463 Should Support Nuclear journals.sagepub.com/home/nlf Power Leonard Rodberg Keywords climate change, renewable, nuclear, radioactivity, energy, decarbonization Although many environmentalists and climate subsidies as the primary means for accomplish- change advocates reject nuclear power, without ing this transition. Nevertheless, these sources this reliable source of clean power, we will be are still a minor part of our national energy mix, unable to meet the climate challenge success- accounting for just 9 percent of total electric fully. Three propositions underlie this statement: output and 3 percent of total energy production. Nuclear power, the other scalable carbon-free 1. Solar and wind energy are simply too energy source, supplies 21 percent of our elec- weak, too widely dispersed, too environ- tricity, although little has been added since the mentally destructive, and too variable mid-1980s. Here in New York State, all the and weather-dependent to replace fossil solar and wind ever installed in the state pro- fuels as the principal source of http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png New Labor Forum SAGE

Why Anyone Concerned about Climate Change Should Support Nuclear Power

New Labor Forum , Volume 31 (2): 4 – May 1, 2022

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1090463 NLFXXX10.1177/10957960221090463New Labor Forum XX(X)Rodberg research-article2022 On the Contrary New Labor Forum 2022, Vol. 31(2) 8 –11 Why Anyone Concerned Copyright © 2022, The Murphy Institute, CUNY School of Labor and Urban Studies Article reuse guidelines: about Climate Change sagepub.com/journals-permissions https://doi.org/10.1177/10957960221090463 DOI: 10.1177/10957960221090463 Should Support Nuclear journals.sagepub.com/home/nlf Power Leonard Rodberg Keywords climate change, renewable, nuclear, radioactivity, energy, decarbonization Although many environmentalists and climate subsidies as the primary means for accomplish- change advocates reject nuclear power, without ing this transition. Nevertheless, these sources this reliable source of clean power, we will be are still a minor part of our national energy mix, unable to meet the climate challenge success- accounting for just 9 percent of total electric fully. Three propositions underlie this statement: output and 3 percent of total energy production. Nuclear power, the other scalable carbon-free 1. Solar and wind energy are simply too energy source, supplies 21 percent of our elec- weak, too widely dispersed, too environ- tricity, although little has been added since the mentally destructive, and too variable mid-1980s. Here in New York State, all the and weather-dependent to replace fossil solar and wind ever installed in the state pro- fuels as the principal source of

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Published: May 1, 2022

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