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Dr. Jim Hansen retired from his job directing NASA's Goddard Institute of Space Studies last year so that he could be free to pursue more direct action on climate change.

Yesterday he released the first draft of a new opinion article titled "Renewable Energy, Nuclear Power and Galileo: Do
Scientists Have a Duty to Expose Popular Misconceptions?"

He boils down the "carbon math" and the "energy math" and notes China's emissions must reverse course soon if we hope to keep temperature rise below 2 degrees C. He also notes that France is the only major advanced country to significantly reduce their carbon emissions, using a rapid buildout of nuclear power.

He talks about the myth believed by some environmentalists that the nuclear industry is responsible for widespread death and disease, and about the large number of people who actually do die from fossil and biofuel combustion.

He offers a clear path forward: the US and China agree to both implement a revenue neutral carbon tax. They invite other countries to join, and they implement tariffs on imports from countries that decline to join. Start the tax low, but noticeable, and gradually raise it. This is the most important step which will cause global carbon emissions to reverse course and keep our climate livable.

Also, he says, the US should aide China rapidly build advanced nuclear power to replace existing and planned coal plants. He suggests our universities and national laboratories have much to offer China--knowledge, expertise, and training. Our participation in their buildout would build our own knowledge and capacity. He emphasizes that nuclear is the only proven way to affordably build a low carbon electrical grid.

I also posted this on the Climate Change board:
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