Fritz Vahrenholt, PhD Chemistry, Alleinvorstand der Deutschen Wildtier Stiftung: Das, was 1986 im Parteiprogramm der Grünen gefordert wurde, die Abschaffung der Atomindustrie, Automobilindustrie sowie Teilen der Chemieindustrie, ist längst in der Mitte der Gesellschaft zum Konsens geworden. Wie konnte das gelingen? Mit apokalyptischen Schreckensszenarien wird die Spaltung des Atoms, ebenso wie die geringfügige Erhöhung des lebensnotwendigen Moleküls CO2 in der Atmosphäre, zu Chiffren des Unheils.Wir müssen uns wieder dem zuwenden, was zu diesem Wohlstand geführt hat: Offenheit für Innovationen. Viel Hoffnung habe ich allerdings nicht.
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James Conca, scientist in the field of earth and environmental sciences. Contributor to Forbes: The Center for Global Development recently published a new report, Atoms for Africa, discussing how there is more interest in nuclear energy among African countries than the rest of the world realizes. Co-authored by Jessica Lovering, Director of Energy at the Breakthrough Institute, and three Fellows the report outlines how new nuclear technologies can accelerate deployment and solve fears like meltdowns and weapons proliferation. African countries with the most experience operating nuclear reactors are South Africa and Egypt. They should advance to the next level with more nuclear power and at the same time guide other African countries with strong nuclear regulatory agencies and professionals with nuclear and other engineering degrees.
Erin Mundahl, writer for INSIDESOURCES: Divestment has become a common goal for environmental protesters who have tried to get cities, universities, and other groups to stop investing in fossil fuel production. Surprising is that nonprofits who loudly support these causes also invest in conventional energy, even as they encourage others to divest. According to leaked documents, environmental groups, including the World Wildlife Fund (WWF), the American Museum of Natural History, and several other funds had investments in private equity firms specializing in oil and gas even as their public messaging hyped concerns about the role of fossil fuel use in climate change.