The Federalist faults Apple’s Earth Day “demonization” of nuclear power

April 20, 2022, 3:00PMANS Nuclear Cafe

Green pursuit of a low-carbon future absent the introduction of more nuclear power on existing grids is nothing but a fantasy, writes Tristan Justice, a correspondent for the online magazine The Federalist. In an article published on April 15, Justice calls out Apple Inc. for its 2022 Earth Day initiative to donate one dollar for every Apple Pay purchase to the antinuclear World Wildlife Fund, and he claims that Apple is "demonizing" nuclear power while promoting an antinuclear agenda.

According to a WWF position paper, “WWF has a vision for the future which phases out the use of fossil fuel and nuclear in the share of energy use across the globe.”

Call for action: Justice quotes from a Twitter posting by energy author Alex Epstein: “WWF is a ‘rabidly anti-nuclear organization’—meaning that it’s helping stop by far the most promising form of noncarbon energy. Tell @Apple to cancel this promotion and end its anti-nuclear efforts.”

Flawed energy policies: “Over-reliance on unreliable wind and solar has triggered short-term energy crises in Europe and California,” Justice writes. “Europe’s dependence on Russian fuel to generate instantaneous power when weather-dependent sources failed, while shutting down nuclear plants, has further constrained the West’s diplomacy with President Vladimir Putin waging war in Ukraine. The U.S. runs the risk of a similar dependency on Russian resources without diversifying its uranium supply to fuel the nation’s nuclear reactors.”

The environmentally sustainable solution: Justice continues that embracing nuclear "remains the only environmentally sustainable solution to a lower-carbon future, with [nuclear] plants requiring 300 to 400 times less land than that required to mass-produce wind and solar.”

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