The goal of Years of Living Dangerously is to galvanize a national conversation on the realities of climate change and inspire people to share their own stories and empower them to get involved in solutions.
|Don Cheadle, Katharine Hayhoe and |
Even before Pandora’s Promise was made, I’d become convinced that nuclear energy should be part of the climate change solution. Once I saw Pandora’s Promise, I knew the film would get people thinking about nuclear in a whole new way. I like that the film lays out the facts and then viewers can make up their own minds about nuclear power based on the facts and information presented. Documentaries like this open people’s minds and lead to informed decision-making, which is critical if we want to tackle the world’s biggest challenges.
Here are the key points the Years team needs to consider:
- Clean-air electricity
sources—nuclear, hydropower, geothermal, wind and solar—are important to
America’s diverse energy mix, because they do not produce greenhouse
gases. Nuclear energy is the largest of these sources generating 64 percent of America’s clean air electricity.
- Renewables like wind and
solar are part of the answer, but have limitations
such as intermittent power production. While renewables are growing fast,
they are nowhere close to producing the 770 billion kilowatt-hours of
electricity that America’s nuclear energy facilities generated in 2012. Notably,
Hansen once told the Associated Press, “They’re cheating themselves [environmentalists]
if they keep believing this fiction that all we need is renewable energy.”
- A nuclear power plant’s
byproduct consists of used uranium fuel rods safely stored in pools or concrete containers rather
than CO2 or air pollution associated with acid rain or urban smog.
- By using nuclear energy to
produce electricity, America prevents the emission of 570 million metric tons of CO2 per year. That’s the
same as preventing the emissions produced by 110 million cars—the vast
majority of U.S. cars on the road today.
- Mainstream analyses conducted by independent organizations have shown that reducing carbon emissions will require a diverse energy portfolio and that nuclear energy is the only low-carbon option to help meet forecasted global electricity demand.