While the media needs to do a better overall job on covering and educating viewers on climate change, I have a problem with progressive media who insists that they are the ones covering science and the largest providers of CO2. It has now been 7 months and I still have yet to see a single major progressive news outlet cover what is likely to be one of the most unprecedented increases of CO2 in US history.
For all of those who claim to be progressive, why do you think James Hansen and Ken Calderia asked Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez what her plans for nuclear energy were? While most of the media is busy talking about energy security as it relates to nuclear power, what they need to be doing is looking at the ramifications of losing nuclear energy in the next four years.
Six nuclear plants (Duane Arnold, Three Mile Island, Davis-Besse, Perry, Beaver Valley, and Indian Point) face early decommissioning by 2022. Together these six plants produce 60,325 GWh of annual low carbon electricity. Due to the scale of these reactors and their geographical location in areas with limited renewable growth and low natural cost it is estimated that at best renewables will be able to replace 30% of this generation. This means that natural gas is likely to replace 70% or 42,227 GWh.
What does this mean for the environment? According to the National Renewable Energy Labratory’s Lifecycle Harmonized CO2 study Natural gas produces approximately 450g CO2/KWh more than nuclear. At the best case scenario natural gas will replace 42,227 GWh- 1 GWh = 1,000,000 KWh.
450 x 1,000,000 x 42,227 = 19,002,150,000,000 grams or 9,501,075,000 TONS of CO2
If progressives claim to be the most forthright for providing scientific information, why on earth has NOBODY from any of the major progressive channels made a story about the projected 9.5 billion ton increase in CO2 that is expected every year following 2022? 9.5 billion tons is nearly the entire global emissions of CO2 for the world. If natural gas succeeds these reactors it will become statistically impossible for the states of Delaware, Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Kentucky, Maryland, Michigan, New Jersey, New York, North Carolina, Ohio, Pennsylvania, Tennessee, Virginia, West Virginia, and the District of Columbia to meet current CO2 emission goals for 2020, 2025, 2030, 2035 and potentially 2040.
Seriously WTF are you covering for the climate that surpasses this potential calamity?!