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Atomic Accomplice: How Canada Deals in Deadly Deceit
Join author Paul McKay and colleagues for a conversation about the 2023 edition of Atomic Accomplice.

The 2023 edition of Atomic Accomplice, with five new chapters and an expanded roster of expert authors, details how attempts to replace fossil fuel use with atomic energy will fractionally cut carbon emissions – but inevitably magnify by many orders of magnitude the creation of the most coveted nuclear bomb component, plutonium.

But Atomic Accomplice also details how we need not merely trade one fatal risk for another. In the chapter Green Ascent (pdf attached), award-winning investigative reporter Paul McKay surveys the current state of global green power, and shows how it is now out-competing both fossil fuel and nuclear plants on every important metric – including cost, reliability, performance, construction timelines, and public security.

Global clean power investments, which includes renewable technologies, battery storage, electric vehicles, industrial hydrogen production, and efficiency technologies like heat pumps, have now reached $1 Trillion annually. These are humanity’s best bets for cutting carbon emissions the fastest, while creating no new nuclear proliferation risks.

This combined evidence relegates nuclear power to a last century, zombie option. It is too costly, cannot deliver power soon enough, and embeds an ominous plutonium/proliferation risk far into the future. It is now simply irrelevant, and unworthy of any government subsidies or support.

Paul McKay, author, Atomic Accomlice
Susan O'Donnell, chapter author, Coalition for Responsible Energy Development - New Brunswick
Angela Bischoff, Ontario Clean Air Alliance

Moderator: Brennain Lloyd, Northwatch

The book can be downloaded at atomicaccomplice.ca

Mar 29, 2023 07:00 PM in Eastern Time (US and Canada)

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