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Last week, OurEnergyPolicy hosted a webinar with Michael Shellenberger, founder and President of Environmental Progress, about his book Apocalypse Never and his views on how the energy sector can best meet modern challenges. Shellenberger, a long-time environmental activist, said he wrote his book because he was concerned that the conversation about climate change and the environment has become exaggerated and inaccurate. In his view, climate change is a real problem that should, and is being addressed. However, exaggerating its severity leads to negative outcomes.

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Waste from nuclear power, Shellenberger said, is not an issue but is actually the environmental solution to all other waste problems. Solar panels and wind turbines eventually go to landfills... [whereas] waste products of nuclear power (the used fuel rods) are not landfilled but are stored on the site of production and not externalized into the natural environment. The waste volume for nuclear is in orders of magnitude smaller than for wind and solar....
  • Question 1: Do you agree that the threats of climate change have been exaggerated, or do you feel that they have not been taken seriously enough by society? What energy sector policies do you see as necessary within the context of your understanding of climate change?
  • Question 2: Do energy density and land-use environmental impacts need to be a larger part of the conversation on climate change and environmental issues? If so, how? Do you see nuclear power as an important part of the solution?
  • Question 3: Do you agree that waste from wind and solar is a larger issue than waste from nuclear? How can we sustainably manage waste from zero-carbon energy technologies?
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Update from Congress

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  • Tues, Sept 1 -
  • Reps. Lance Gooden (R-TX) and Vicente Gonzalez (D-TX) have introduced legislation to reduce America's dependence on China for rare earth minerals used in technology manufacturing. The Reclaiming American Rare Earths (RARE) Act (H.R.8143) would establish tax incentives for the domestic production of rare earth elements and minerals.
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