Solution to Greenhouse Gases Is New Nuclear Plants, Bush SaysI've said for years that environmentalism is a luxury we can dabble in as long as energy is abundant and cheap. Al Gore, as the classic example, can afford to decry Big Oil and SUV's as he travels from speaking engagement to cocktail party in his private fuel-sucking jet, and Americans will tolerate him. Some even applaud his ... earnestness.
By Jim Rutenberg, The New York Times
LIMERICK, Pa., May 24 — With Democrats seizing the national stage on gasoline prices and the environment, President Bush came here Wednesday to take it back, calling for the construction of more nuclear power plants to help reduce the greenhouse gases believed to contribute to global warming.
Speaking in front of this hamlet's twin nuclear cooling towers on Wednesday, Mr. Bush promoted the 2005 energy bill he signed into law, which provides tax incentives, loan guarantees and federal risk insurance for companies building nuclear plants. Before the law, he said, only 2 companies were considering building plants, but now 16 are.
"For the sake of economic security and national security," he said, "the United States of America must aggressively move forward with the construction of nuclear power plants." (link)
When that is no longer the case though, when resources become scarce, the "save the environment" crowd can be expected to quickly revert to "save my ass" mode.
We have arrived at that point. High time.