Clinton Crackel, Co-Founder, Nuclear Fuels Reprocessing Coalition: According to the EIA, as of 2017 in the U.S., nuclear power on the utility scale has the highest average capacity factor (reliability, also stated as CF) of 92%, while geothermal is rated at 76.4% and coal is rated at 53.5%. The optimum CFs for wind, solar photovoltaic (PV) and concentrated solar power (CSP) are 36.7%, 27% and 21.8%, respectively.
John Shanahan, civil engineer, President of Environmentalists for Nuclear - USA: People should spend as much time as possible observing nature, whether in potted plants and pets at home, in parks and gardens in the city, on walks near lakes and oceans, in hill country, mountains, nearby or around the world. It is so much more exciting than searching for information and playing games on cell phones and computers and spending hours watching the same stuff every day on TV.
Acorn Creek Trail is a favorite early morning summer hiking trail in Summit County, Colorado when the wildflowers are all in bloom. At lower levels there are desert flowers, higher up meadows of mountain wildflowers, on top a profusion of arctic tundra flowers close to the ground. This is the world that we must preserve and enjoy along with life for most of us in large cities.
Kieran Nicholson, Denver Post: Finally, a newspaper reporter writes about the weather and compares it with facts in the past rather than sounding the catastrophic man-made climate change alarm. Up and down the Front Range of Colorado cities from Pueblo to Denver, Boulder and Fort Collins have university professors and people with all kinds of credentials who know for certain that man's use of fossil fuels causes catastrophic global warming, climate change, climate disruption, and sea level rise. They fret that the world must stop using fossil fuels. But they have few intentions to stop using their cars, turn the lights, heating and air conditioning off, stop using their iPhones, TVs, computers, ovens, stove tops and microwaves. Just demand that billions of poorer people around the world not increase their use of energy.
Roy Spencer, Ph.D. Meteorology: Hurricane Florence is not the result of global warming. It's likely due to natural weather patterns, not climate change as some have already said. Coastal lake sediments along the Gulf of Mexico shoreline from 1,000 to 2,000 years ago suggest more frequent and intense hurricanes than occur today. Why? No one knows. Unusual things happen in nature sometimes. The Massachusetts Bay Colony in 1635 experienced a Category 3 or 4 storm, with up to a 20-foot storm surge. While such a storm does not happen in New England anymore, it happened again there in 1675, with elderly eyewitnesses comparing it to the 1635 storm.