Climate Change Legislation

Monday, August 24, 2009

Alden Meyer, director of strategy and policy for the Union of Concerned Scientists, explains why this is a critical year, both domestically and internationally, for addressing climate change. Find out more about the Tck Tck Tck campaign at


Alden Meyer

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JP from The Garden State


Its been possible to build a nuclear power plant that con not have a core melt down and its been possible at least since the early 90’s. France and Switzerland together are not even much bigger then Texas. United States is the 3rd largest country in both land and population. So to have a centralized nuclear waist holding facility (because you can recycle some of the waist but not all of it) in such a large country as us is where the cost and danger comes into place. The other problem is operating costs. Nuclear power plants in the US are very heavily subsidized. Nuclear power is far more complicated to monitor, secure and run then say a coal or natural gas power plant. And then there is the cost of holding the spent rods and recycling them is not cheap either.

The biggest problem with renewable energy is getting transmission wires to the energy source.

Aug. 24 2009 01:54 PM

To: Jonella from Boondox of Sullivan County:

Latest in Stimulus: 'Cash for Refrigerators'

Aug. 24 2009 01:43 PM

And, if we use natural gas automobiles. We are discovering new sources of natural gas every day. Why not convert our fleet to natural gas cars. If we go electric we will probably have rolling brown outs. I know natual gas emits carbon, but it emits a lot of hydrogen and not as much carbon as oil.

Aug. 24 2009 01:40 PM

Do you have to be a scientist to be a member of the Union of Concerned Scientists.

Aug. 24 2009 01:38 PM
Catherine from Manhattan

It is important to push energy legislation despite the fact that our government is busy with other major issues, survival on planet earth is not a partisan issue and we should all be motivated to do everything we can to protect and preserve the stability of our natural environment.

Aug. 24 2009 01:38 PM


Most projections state that renewables will only provide a small amount of our energy in 10 years. Of course if there is a breakthrough, then it can change.

Aug. 24 2009 01:37 PM

What about the thoughts of James Lovelock who is the creator of the GAIA theory. He is one of these types who believes the sky is falling on climate change.

He is an advocate of nuclear power. I understand that there is a cost to nuclear power and there is a waste issue. But the waste issue is being handled effectively by France and Sweden. And we can recycle the rods for further use.

The key about nuclear is that it is scalable, uranium is energy dense. No one died at three mile island. Chernobly did not have a containment facility. Chernolbyl was not a U.S. design.

So despite the costs. If we are truly in crisis, why not use what we know works to reduce carbon emissions and replace coal fired plants with nuclear power?

Aug. 24 2009 01:37 PM
Jonella from Boondox of Sullivan County

1. Great to have Jonathan Capehart as fill-in host! Just saw you this morning on Morning Joe, too. Good! And love those pants! - AND the tie you gave Joe. Very handsome, very elegant.
2. Question for your guest: If the Cash for Clunkers program was such a success, why not extend it, not only for cars, but also for household applicances such a refrigerators and washers, etc. that gobble up a large amount of energy - not to mention grants for home renovations of heating and hot water systems, etc.?
Wouldn't all of this help stimulate the economy, help the Comman Man (while also predisposing him positively towards Obama's (and Dem's) agenda?!) AND help save energy? To my way of thinking this is a No Brainer. What am I missing? What are the Dem's missing? A big opportunity so far as I can see. Oh, yes, well, there is the Deficit, but wouldn't a High Stimulus program like this HELP the deficit in the end?!

Aug. 24 2009 01:31 PM

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