Democratic presidential candidate Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-MA) said this week during CNN’s climate change town hall event that if she is elected president, she will not only oppose nuclear energy but she will plan on eliminating the use of nuclear energy by 2035.
“In my administration, we won’t be building new nuclear plants,” Warren during the event. “We will start weaning ourselves off nuclear and replace it with renewables.”
Warren’s comments stand in stark contrast to what experts have said needs to happen in order to cut carbon emissions.
“The International Energy Agency has concluded that meeting the goal of keeping warming to no greater than two degrees Celsius would require doubling global nuclear energy generation capacity by 2050,” The Washington Examiner reported. “The Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change, which is often cited as the leading authority by liberals, reached a similar conclusion.”
Climate expert Ryan Maue, who has a Ph.D. in Meteorology, slammed Warren over her plan, telling The Daily Wire: “Senator Warren’s plan to eliminate nuclear energy would drastically increase carbon emissions and exacerbate the climate crisis she supposedly wants to fight.”
Even left-leaning publications slammed Warren over her comments about nuclear energy.
The Week attacked Warren for her policy stance, saying that it is “a serious policy error” and noting that “per unit of electricity generated, oil is 263 times more deadly than nuclear, ordinary coal 352 times deadlier, and lignite coal 467 times deadlier.”
New York Magazine noted that France has had tremendous success in reducing its carbon emissions by expanding its use of nuclear energy. New York Magazine added:
But there is no credible argument for decommissioning existing plants. And if the crisis is as severe as Sanders, Warren, and the United Nations suggest, then there isn’t really a credible argument against throwing at least some public capital at “Hail Mary” advanced nuclear technologies like small-scale reactors that could — at least theoretically — deliver safe, affordable nuclear energy at scale. The technology is simply too promising to ignore, especially considering the current limitations of renewables. As science writer (and democratic socialist) Leigh Phillips notes, “Nuclear power has an emissions intensity as low as that of onshore wind … but unlike wind can power hospitals 24/7.”
Warren’s comments earned criticism from top Republicans, including Sen. Ted Cruz (R-TX), who wrote on Twitter: “Ok, so NO nuclear, NO coal & NO oil & gas. Electric’s ok, but all power plants that run on coal or natural gas (most of them) will be shut down too. Planes, I guess, will run on Pixie dust & you’ll put a windmill on the hood of your car. This is not serious; it’s empty politics.”