Background to SOCAN’s Position Statement on the Nuclear Option

Alan Journet, January 2023

Over recent years many well-intentioned individuals have proposed that nuclear power generation must be included as an essential component of any effort to address the climate crisis.

The argument seems to be founded on three premises:

  • Clean renewable energy sources are inadequate to provide our energy needs.
  • Nuclear energy generation is free of greenhouse gas emissions.
  • Nuclear energy is safe.

In developing position statements on an array of issues relating to the climate crisis, the SOCAN Board, in December 2021 adopted a position statement on the potential role of nuclear power generation.

By way of background justifying this position statement, the following explanation was developed: The-Nuclear-Conundrum.

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