The problem with wind and solar is intermittency and our inability to store large amounts of electricity for very long. That’s why the International Energy Agency recently released a report on the necessity of building nuclear power plants if we want to keep the global temperature from rising more than 2 degrees and causing environmental havoc.

Supporting nuclear power is what truly causes a schism in the environmental community. Hardcore enviros want to change our culture fundamentally so that we use less energy and therefore do not need nuclear power, which they feel is simply too dangerous.

The more pragmatic understand that changing human behavior quickly is impossible. The best you can hope for is slow change, and that means finding compromise solutions that will not upset too many people as the culture slowly adapts. When comparing the risk of global extinction with the problem of storing nuclear waste, these folks would rather store the waste.

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