It seems like all we've been hearing for the past several decades is that something has to be done to stop climate change. All this talk has rallied significant global support, as nations around the globe take measures to invest in renewable energy sources such as wind, solar, and hydropower. While the fact that the world has embraced these technologies so readily is great, though, it simply isn't enough to reverse the damaging effects of global warming and prevent the planet from heating up further. So what's the solution? Experts are saying that it may be nuclear energy.
Wind and solar require enormous amounts of backup and/or storage, and hydropower has serious limitations in terms of large-scale development. This means that it's not likely that we can count on these sources as the "cure-all" to our climate change woes. Nuclear energy continues to serve as the largest source of low-carbon power throughout the United States and European Union, but even it isn't growing fast enough to meet our demands for stabilizing the climate while keeping the world powered. If we hope to succeed in these objectives, the nuclear power industry needs to grow by leaps and bounds.
The International Energy Agency has estimated that our nuclear energy capacity will need to more than double by the year 2050 if we hope to meet our targets. But is this possible? As it stands, projections through 2035 don't show much promise for that level and speed of nuclear expansion. It's time to step up the game -- our very lives depend on it. Former NASA scientist James Hansen has stated that, "We do not have a prayer of winning this fight without [nuclear energy]."
Awareness is extremely important at this juncture in time. While there is a lot of opposition, nuclear energy is still growing faster than it has in two decades, according to reports from the World Nuclear Association. While the efforts of a handful of experts may not be enough to continue nudging the growth process to speed up and move in the right direction, public education on the matter can make a huge impact and could make it possible for us to achieve our goals for halting climate change.
Solar, wind, and hydropower are all excellent low-carbon, renewable energy sources and should certainly be embraced, but we can't fool ourselves into thinking that we can do much to slow down the climate change problem without the use of nuclear energy. Learn more about this hot topic by talking with the experts at NuEnergen.