Monday, June 12, 2006

Pro-Global Warming Crashes into Anti-Nuclear

We predict that, looking back at today, historians will note the collapse of large parts of the environmental movement as it currently exists. One of the top reasons is their stubbon anti-nuclear stance.

Here is the key thing:

Environmentalists cannot be both pro-global warming and stridently anti-nuclear and keep the respect of any objective, reasonably intelligent audience.

The two positions are inherently contradictory, and any attempt “explain away” or distract from that contradiction will fall flat. Always. It is a losing political argument. Always.


At 9:23 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

There definitely seems to be a difference between those "environmentalists" who actually want cleaner water, cleaner air, more open spaces for wildlife, and those "environmentalists" who have a strange agenda that includes the nearly-wholesale renunciation of energy use through "efficiency improvements" and would have us all burning candles, chopping wood, and riding our bikes.

To those people I would like to point out that the United States has nearly the lowest energy consumption of the entire world per unit of economic output. But that brand seems to see economic output as "bad", and so that probably wouldn't sway them either.

I guess what needs to happen is that we need to appeal to those who really want to help the environment and avoid those whose psuedo-socialist agenda will not be satisfied by anything less than de-industrialization, no matter what the human cost.

At 10:40 PM, Blogger Tom Benson said...

Yep. I think that's what we're seeing in the environmental movement right now. There are some environmentalists who are just technology haters, and use the environmentalism as a plaform to attack that which they hate. Then there are others who have no political or ideological agenda and just want to save the planet. Then there are those who have mixed feelings and are sorting them out. As usual, the human race is a mixed bag.

At 6:58 PM, Blogger Rod Adams said...

There are also "environmentalists" who, like many non-profit leaders, live quite comfortable lives. They have large organizations that need constant injections of funds and have realized over the years that an anti-nuclear stance seems to result in large donations from foundations and individuals.

I believe that those funds come for a purpose - the law of supply and demand says that if you limit the supply of a necessary commodity, the price will increase. If you can keep a very competitive commodity out of the market, your less competitive commodity can then be sold in greater quantities to make up the lost potential.

Some people - surprise, surprise - may take on the mantle of environmentalism or security, but their real desire is to increase their own wealth and power.

Interestingly little historic tidbit - the original Luddites were NOT against ALL technology; they were actually skilled weavers whose jobs were DIRECTLY threatened by the very automated machinery that they destroyed. In other words, they were simply protecting their vested interests!

I believe that if you dig very deeply, you will find this enlightened self interest as the real motivation for anti-nuclear attitudes in most effective and well organized efforts against the technology.



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