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Climate alarmists are following the time-honored tradition of revolutions: The children of the revolution are cannibalizing their parents. In an article in the Guardian, Naomi Oreskes labels prominent godfathers of climate alarmism as Deniers. Their crime? At a December 3 press conference in Paris, James Hansen, Ken Caldeira, Kerry Emanuel, and Tom Wigley had the temerity to state if one really desires a quick and dramatic reduction in the use of fossil fuels to slow the rise in carbon dioxide levels, expanding renewable energy will not be enough; there must also be a large-scale expansion of the world’s nuclear reactor fleet.
In 2014, the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change, International Energy Agency, UN Sustainable Solutions Network, and Global Commission on the Economy and Climate each issued reports stating the world would need to double or triple the amount of nuclear energy produced to stabilize carbon emissions. For speaking the truth, Hansen et al. have the distinction of joining climate skeptics by being labeled “deniers.”
Oreskes warns there is a new, strange form of climate denialism to look out for, “one that says that renewable sources can’t meet our energy needs.” The new deniers insist “… the only way we can solve the coupled climate/energy problem is with a massive and immediate expansion of nuclear power … we need to be on the lookout for this new form of denial.” Critiquing Oreskes, Judith Curry writes, “If you accept the premise that human caused climate change is dangerous and that we need to rapidly stop burning fossil fuels, then I don’t see a near term alternative to nuclear. … If the nuclear solution is unpalatable, then reconsider whether the proposed cure is worse than the hypothesized disease.”