Climate

Nuclear power can help combat rising global temperatures while ensuring a healthier environment. Low carbon equals less air pollution. Need Proof?

1) Nuclear energy, in replacing coal-fired generation, is helping Ontario and Canada meet GHG targets. (“Clean Air Ontario: Nuclear’s Role in Coal Phase-Out”, Asthma Society of Canada and Bruce Power.)

2) Experts agree there is no credible path to climate stabilization without a substantial role for nuclear power. (“Top climate change scientists’ letter to policy influencers”, CNN.)

3) The Brussels G7 Summit agreed in 2014 to promote nuclear technology as low-carbon energy. (“The Brussels G7 Summit Declaration”, Government of Canada.)

From mining to decommissioning, GHG emissions from nuclear power are very low and are comparable to renewables. Need proof?

1) Electricity from nuclear power on a lifecycle basis generates an average of 16g of carbon dioxide equivalent per kWh—slightly more than hydro and wind, but less than solar. (“Climate Change 2104: Mitigation of Climate Change. Contribution of Working Group III Contribution to the Fifth Assessment Report of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change”, IPCC. pp. 531.)

2) Climate emissions from nuclear are lower than those of wind when the intermittency of wind is taken into consideration. (Current renewable practice is to use fossil fuels as a backup source of power). (“Lifecycle Assessment Literature Review of Nuclear, Wind and Natural Gas Power Generation”, Hatch.)

3) Because of the intermittency of renewables, specifically wind power, nuclear represents the best way to achieve emissions targets while providing affordable, reliable power. (Professor Bob Carter, “Nuclear power: low-carbon, secure and proven”, The Scientific Alliance.)

Nuclear power production has a very small physical footprint thereby limiting its impact on the natural environment. Need Proof?

1) Nuclear fuel is so compact and efficient that only two grams of natural uranium, about the weight of a paperclip, would fuel 100% of an average person’s energy needs for a day. (Professor David MacKay, Cambridge University.)

2) Nuclear and wind energy have the highest benefit-to-cost ratio. (“Key role for nuclear energy in global biodiversity conservation”, Barry Brooks and Corey Bradshaw.)

3) Nuclear power is sustainable and supports sustainable development. The federal government recognized this in early 2016 when it awarded two Sustainable Development Technology grants to General Fusion and Terrestrial Energy. (American Nuclear Society.)