Monthly Archives: August 2012
Thanks to Bob Walker, President of the Population Institute, for quickly responding to a particularly mendacious column put out recently by the notorious George Will. As Bob successfully points out, the arguments Will makes are innovative, cutting edge and perhaps even moderately convincing , “assuming, of course, you are still living in the previous century.” Will titles his column “Doomsday Predictions Never Come Close.”
When it comes to the environment, George Will is a classic conservative. As evidenced by his latest column (“Doomsday Predictions Never Come Close”), his views never change. They remain forever frozen in time, along with his facts and figures. The polar icecaps and all the glaciers could melt, the oceans could rise by 20 feet, and he would still be saying, ‘ We’re having some hot weather. Get over it.”
Several weeks ago, Will created a minor stir when he breezily dismissed any possible connection between climate change and the massive drought that has been afflicting half the country. He scoffed at the idea that anything had fundamentally changed. “I grew up in central Illinois in a house without air conditioning. What is so unusual about this?”
In response to petitions filed by Beyond Nuclear and twenty-three other environmental organizations to the U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC) affecting a total of 36 reactors in new licensing and re-licensing proceedings, the Commission granted the petitioners’ requests to hold all final licensing decisions in abeyance until the question of what is to be done with the nation’s growing mountain of nuclear waste is resolved. This stunning decision is evidence of serious problems with the nuclear power structure in the U.S. Beyond Nuclear offered the following comments in a nationally distributed joint press release.