U2’s The Edge backs nuclear power as a solution to climate problem

April 20, 2021, 12:08PMANS Nuclear Cafe
U2 guitarist The Edge

Nuclear has added some star power, and we're not talking about fusion. U2 guitarist The Edge—whose real name is David Evans—says that countries need to consider adopting next generation nuclear power to meet their climate change targets.

Speaking on April 20 on a panel for Dublin investment firm VentureWav Capital, Evans, of Killiney, Ireland, said: “We need to think very deeply about whether our current strategy of renewable energy is going to make it. We’ve got to be prepared to rethink certain things.”

Cathedral thinking: Describing himself as “an eternal optimist,” Evans noted that climate change needs “cathedral thinking” by politicians.

“Everybody thinks in terms of their election cycle, and everyone’s looking for a result now," he said. "We all have the power with our votes to empower politicians to engage in much longer-term thinking. Cathedral thinking is really the way to describe it. We’ve got to encourage existing industries with a bad reputation to change, so we don’t make the good the enemy of the perfect.”

Related Articles

A state of uncertainty: Nuclear power in Illinois

Two of the state’s six nuclear plants nearly closed in 2016, but legislative action saved them. Now two more are at risk.

April 30, 2021, 5:01AMNuclear News

If there is one U.S. state you might think would be on top of the nuclear-plant-retirement problem, it’s Illinois: With 11 power reactors, more than any other state, it is number one in...

Nuclear Power is New Jersey Power

April 25, 2021, 10:00PMNuclear NewsDylan Moon

When a nuclear power plant closes, here is what happens:Thousands of people lose their jobs. The local economy nosedives. Air pollution increases. Reliance on natural gas, often bought from...

An open letter to Secretary Granholm

April 6, 2021, 9:09AMANS News

Madam Secretary: Congratulations on becoming America’s 16th secretary of energy! Welcome to one of the most misunderstood, confounding, yet important and underappreciated agencies in the...