Mike Shellenberger+ Your Authors @ShellenbergerMD Best-selling author, “Apocalypse Never” : Time “Hero of Environment” : Green Book Award : Pres., Environmental Progress : Invited IPCC Expert : MD = my initials Aug. 18, 2020 1 min read + Your Authors

Hi @AOC hi @KamalaHarris

I agree with you that we need environmental justice. But why then are you advocating the closure of Indian Point nuclear plant in New York, which is being replaced by fossil fuels, and whose pollution disproportionately hurts poor people of color?

A statement issued by your office last year said that the goal of the Green New Deal was “to transition off of nuclear.”

 https://www.npr.org/2019/02/07/691997301/rep-alexandria-ocasio-cortez-releases-green-new-deal-outline 

You later said you wanted to leave “the door open on nuclear” but then said Indian Point “should have been shut down a long time ago.”

Well, it’s being shut down now, and being replaced with fossil fuels, increasing air pollution, & hurting the poor

 https://grabien.com/story.php?id=254389 

Why can’t renewables like solar & wind replace nuclear?

The home state of @KamalaHarris, California, shows why

We are having blackouts because renewables are too unreliable to replace either nuclear or nat gas

 https://www.forbes.com/sites/michaelshellenberger/2020/08/17/democrats-say-california-is-a-climate-model-but-its-blackouts-say-otherwise/ 

The United States plans to close 12 reactors by 2025 and could lose half of the rest of its reactors over the next decade.

The loss of nuclear energy at home means we are handing the global market for nuclear to China & Russia

That’s a huge problem

 https://nypost.com/2020/08/17/dont-let-china-steal-the-global-nuclear-power-industry/ 

When nations get help from China & Russia to build nuclear plants, they will enter their sphere of influence

Those nations in the sphere of influence of China and Russia are under the influence of undemocratic & illiberal regimes, one of which appears to be committing genocide


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