During a visit to Rocky Mountain National Park this week, U.S. Sen. Mark Udall — D-Eldorado Springs — espoused his (relatively) new love for nuclear power at a press conference.
“I agree with Sen. McCain that nuclear power has to be a significant part of the mix,” Udall said. “There are some that would say, ‘Well, Senator, that’s a change of view on your part.’ It may be, but as I’ve listened and learned and studied, it’s clear that if we want to respond to the threat of climate change, nuclear energy has to be part of the solution.”
His comments frustrated all kinds of anti-nuclear environmentalists, including the folks at the Rocky Mountain Peace and Justice Center in Boulder, who blasted Udall in their weekly column for the Colorado Daily, Peace Train:
How could you, Senator Udall?
You, of all people — from one of the premier environmentally conservative and protective political families in the U.S. You must know that nuclear power is actually counterproductive to efforts to address climate change that are environmentally protective, effective and timely enough to avoid environmental catastrophe.
The nuclear energy industry is striving mightily to have its dangerous, polluting technology, declared “clean” by employing remarkably creative, persistent “greenwashing” techniques, in order to have it included with renewable, clean energy sources as the world scrambles to confront mounting global climate changes.