Veteran journalist William Tucker recently released his book, “Terrestrial Energy: How Nuclear Power Will Lead the Green Revolution and End America’s Energy Odyssey.” He will be coming to Heritage next Tuesday, Oct. 28, at noon to discuss how nuclear energy can meet our country’s electricity demands and our country’s environmental objectives.
Tucker relies on years of research and investigation to help us make sense of America’s energy predicament without the burdens of political pressures or predetermined outcomes. As a result, he maintains that: 1) global warming is a serious threat to world climate; and 2) nuclear power is the only thing that can possibly solve the problem.
While we here at Heritage may not totally agree with point No. 1, we do recognize that nuclear power is environmentally friendly and regardless of one’s views on CO2, that is a good thing. That is why from a conservationist standpoint, the environmental benefits of nuclear energy are very attractive.
Windmills, solar collectors and geothermal plants can make a small contribution at the margin, but they will never provide us with base load electricity. But geothermal plants merely draw earth’s core heat, which is generated mostly from the breakdown of the uranium atom. Why not bring that process to the surface, put it in a controlled environment and call it a “nuclear reactor,” argues Tucker. Terrestrial energy, it’s much closer to home, much more compact and much less disruptive to the earth’s environment.
Of course, the economics of nuclear matter, so we’ll be discussing that as well.