In the section about James Hansen, you wrote:
He said environmental leaders won’t reconsider nukes because “they are concerned that they would lose some of their financial support.”
That statement is worthy of more background than you provide. I engaged for several months in a discussion with a liasion from a major environmental group to try to set up a meeting between that group and some top-flight, mostly retired nuclear engineering and science professionals. The group we were talking to has a rather conflicted position on the related issues of climate change and nuclear energy. They believe that climate change holds dire, existential risks for human society. At the same time they are strong opponents of nuclear energy, saying it is:
1. Too expensive
2. There's no solution for "the waste issue"
3. Plutonium recycle to address the waste issue raises concerns about the potential for nuclear weapons proliferation
4. There's not enough regulation to make the nuclear fuel cycle safe and environmentally sound
5. Cooling systems use too much water
6. Climate change will put coastal nuclear plants at risk
7. Uranium has to be imported, making nuclear energy just as dependent on international relationships as oil
After several months of give and take with more than 50 hours worth of specific conversations and written exchanges, we could not come to any agreement that would allow a meeting. Though the liasion was very intererested and worked hard to sway the group's leadership, he ended up telling me that the leaders were worried about losing their funding.
Larry Rockefeller (Laurence Jr.) is a board member and major funder of the group. So is Bobby Kennedy.
Some believe those players are opposed to both nuclear energy and enhanced production of natural gas because they like exclusive real estate. I believe they simply like high priced energy because it is more profitable to sell than cheap energy. Both have extensive energy industry holdings; so do most of their friends and associates in the environmental donor community.
Rod Adams, Publisher, Atomic Insights