"Mitigating climate change, mass extinction, plastics pollution, and other serious environmental problems are too important for symbolism to hijack the agenda. Progressive leaders are reinserting pragmatism into the environmental agenda, highlighted by the permitting discussion. Conservatives are reestablishing their own brand of environmental leadership that is compatible with economic opportunity. Green liberty is the victorious playbook."
"NRC rules have substantially increased the cost of developing, building and operating nuclear reactors without bringing much in the way of additional public-health or safety benefits. Even worse, the continual tightening of nuclear regulations has almost certainly worsened public health nationwide. When red tape hamstrings the construction of new plants, the nation’s electricity system has to keep relying on polluting fossil-fuel facilities."
"Continued public and private financial support for advanced nuclear energy research, development, demonstration and deployment is even more important now. This support not only fosters technological advancements but also contributes to broader climate and sustainability goals, supports national security, and helps strengthen diplomatic relations between the U.S. and its allies."
Rather than dismissing big oil’s investments in clean energy as greenwashing, we should recognize the positive contributions they make for energy affordability, energy security and higher standards of living around the world.