Thunderbird Question: Michael Ahearn

What can global leaders do to create sustainable prosperity worldwide?

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Nuclear Energy is NOT Clean, Green, Renewable, or Sustainable

Nuclear energy is not clean, renewable, or sustainable.

  • The public does not pay the true cost of nuclear energy because government subsidizes nuclear energy in two ways: liability and disposal of spent fuel rods. Government limits the liability of a nuclear power plant. Government assumes the responsibility of disposing spent fuel rods. These are unknown costs not included in the consumers’ utility bill. The cost is shifted to the tax payer.
  • According to Bo Nordell of the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering at Luleå University of Technology in Sweden, nuclear power does not produce carbon dioxide emissions in the same way as burning fossil fuels, but it does produce heat emissions equivalent to three times the energy of the electricity it generates and thereby contributes to global warming significantly.
  • Nuclear power is not sustainable or renewable because its fuel source is non-renewable. There is only so much uranium in the ground.
  • Uranium mining is one of the most CO2 intensive industrial operations. CO2 emissions are expected to rise as demand for uranium grows and core grades decline.
  • Highly toxic nuclear waste poses new threats from terrorists who would love to blow up a nuclear power plant or nuclear waste facility.
  • Constructing a nuclear power plant requires large amounts of concrete. The process of creating concrete spews tons of carbon into the atmosphere.
  • Most proposed plants won’t come online for decades-long past the window for urgently needed reductions.

When you consider the cleanliness of an energy source, it’s important to consider the cradle-to-cradle life cycle of that energy source. What does it take to create the raw material? What does it cost to build the infrastructure? What does it cost to close the plant and dispose of the byproducts? What is the social and environmental impact of the entire life cycle?

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Clean and Green FTW #1

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Clean Energy Common Sense

Clean Energy Common Sense: An American Call to Action on Global Climate Change
a new book written by Frances Beinecke, president of the Natural Resources Defense Council.

Inspired by Thomas Paine’s revolutionary classic, Common Sense, Beinecke shows how we can secure a clean and sustainable energy future that will help put Americans back to work, reduce our reliance on foreign oil and create a healthier future for ourselves and our children.

“We know what it will take,” she writes. “We must find the courage to begin.”

“There are people of good will who hear claims on both sides of the climate change debate and aren’t sure what to believe. If that feels familiar, this little book is for you.”
From the Foreword by Robert Redford

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Clean Energy Secrets for Job Seekers

Are you looking for a career that makes a difference?

Are you thinking about starting a career in clean energy or energy efficiency?

What you know and when you know it can make the difference between a job application that ends up in the trash can and a job application that leads to a job offer.

If you are looking for a clean energy job (aka a green job), then do yourself a favor and check out the Clean Energy Secrets for Job Seekers.

The secrets you discover in this program will give you a huge competitive advantage.

This program allows you to learn first hand, straight from the experts…secrets that others don’t know.

This program is designed to cut through the clutter show you the quickest way to start a career in the clean energy industry.

We sat down with experts in clean energy and energy efficiency and asked them the questions that most job seekers want to know…need to know…to get a job in the fast growing world of clean energy and energy efficiency.

The experts we interviewed were:

  • Blake Jones – solar PV energy expert
  • Kurt Gravatt – geothermal heat pump expert
  • John Krigger – home energy efficiency expert
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Future of Alternative Energy Subsidies

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If it's boring…

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Solar Energy's Next Big Markets

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Clean Energy Secrets for Homeowners Teleseminar Trifecta

Are you a homeowner?

Are thinking about installing a solar power system on your home?

Are planning to make your home more energy efficient?

Are thinking about installing a geothermal heat pump?

If you answered yes to one or more of the above questions, check out the Clean Energy Secrets for Homeowners Teleseminar Trifecta.

This program is designed to cut through the clutter and show you the quickest way to take advantage of 21st century energy technology.

We sat down with experts in clean energy and energy efficiency and asked them the questions that most homeowners want to know…need to know…to get the most value and benefit from clean energy and energy efficiency.

The experts we interviewed were:

  • Blake Jones – solar PV energy expert
  • Kurt Gravatt – geothermal heat pump expert
  • John Krigger – home energy efficiency expert
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This is our moment

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