Leap Manifesto or…..?

The following organizations and countries support renewable and nuclear energy:

United Nations Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (here)

Deep Decarbonization Pathways Project (here)

USA Department of Energy (here) and (here) (November 2016 – United States Mid-Century Strategy for Deep Decarbonization) (January 2017 – second installment Quadrennial Energy Review)

USA Secretary of Energy Dr. Ernest Moniz September 2016 “The Future of Nuclear Power

USA National Renewable Energy Laboratory (here)

International Energy Agency (IEA) (here)

The Organisation of Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) (here)

International Electrotechnical Commission (here)

Mission Innovation (here)

Breakthrough Energy Coalition (here)

American Association for the Advancement of Science AAAS (here)

Massachusetts Institute of Technology (here)

Columbia University School of International and Public Affairs – Center on Global Energy Policy (here)

University California – Berkeley (here)

Cornell University’s Alliance for Science (here)

Princeton University’s Carbon Mitigation Initiative (here)

Brookings Institution (here and here)

Clean Air Task Force (here)

Energy Innovation Reform Project (here)

Information Technology & Innovation Foundation (here)

Ontario (Canada) Society of Professional Engineers (here)

Asthma Society of Canada (here) “The Asthma Society of Canada advocating for the relicensing of two nuclear reactors in Canada. Succinct (10 minutes) and well stated. It does a good job drawing a clear link between the continued operation of nuclear power plants and avoided air pollution from fossil-fueled power plants.”

United Kingdom’s Energy Research Partnership (here)

75 conservation scientists throughout the world (here)

Holy See, Roman Catholic Church (from 14 Sept. 2015, after the release of “Laudato Si” here)

Dalai Lama (here)

Third Way, in this 4 minute video, explains why “We Need A Mix

Canada (here)

China (here), China Sets Out Nuclear Plans for 2017 , China Canada joint venture on reactor that reuses used fuel from light water reactors

India (here) (In June 2016, India ordered six 1.1 gigawatt Westinghouse nuclear power plants from USA) May 2017 “Cabinet approves construction of 10 units of India’s indigenous Pressurized Heavy Water Reactors (PHWR)

United Arab Emirates (here)

South Africa (here)

Sweden (here) and “How to Decarbonize? Look to Sweden

Finland (here)

Switzerland (here)

France (here)

French Academy of Sciences “Nuclear energy is objectively the most effective way to reduce the share of fossil fuels in the production of electrical energy

The following is a list compiled by Ben Heard of prominent individuals who support and promote nuclear energy, be they climate scientists, former anti-nuke environmentalists, philanthropists, etc . Another list is “11 People More Excited About Nuclear Energy Than You“.

Stanford University’s Precourt Institute for Energy (here) (of which Mark Jacobson is a senior fellow and whose work the Leap Manifesto uses to justify their 100% renewable energy plan https://web.stanford.edu/group/efmh/jacobson/).

(Interesting note, Stanford University chose not to divest from oil and gas)

stanford not to divest

It is important to note that Mark Jacobson is a civil engineer and not an electrical engineer. Therefore it is critical to review posts by experts in electrical engineering and have extensive experience in this field, such as Willem Post and Timothy Maloney.

The Ontario Society of Professional Engineers have made presentations available to educate the public with regards to power, energy, electricity grids, etc.

David Gattie, engineering professor at University of Georgia, writes “Nuclear vs 100% Renewable Energy: An Unnecessary Battle

Why would one be in favour of the renewables-only “Leap Manifesto” instead of these other organizations and countries that support more broad-based solutions (according to the IEA “Nuclear power is the largest source of low-carbon electricity in OECD countries and second at global level”)?

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2 thoughts on “Leap Manifesto or…..?

  1. As a Stanford grad and knowledgeable of its sad co-option by Chevron, Precourt and other combustion interests, I’ll say its stature could have provided a model for environmental progress, but it has apparently been bought into irrelevance by a few hundred million dollars of combustion-industry contributions that simply protect combustion interests, as Leap, WWS, and other fibs about energy sources do.

    Perhaps we should not be surprised that a university built with money stolen from the US government by Governor Stanford’s Western Pacific RR could hardly rise above misdirection for profit? Regardless, Stanford , particularly Stanford Engineering, has chosen Precourt and other anti-environmental influences over scientific ethics.

    Dr. A. Cannara
    650 400 3071


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