Al Gore claims nuclear power will be used in future — “I think the waste issue can probably be solved”

Published: December 5th, 2012 at 10:47 am ET


Title: Al Gore: nuclear power will play ‘limited role’ in future energy mix
Author: Adam Vaughan
Date: 16 November 2012

[…] “It will play a role, but probably a limited role. I think the waste issue can probably be solved, and Fukushima notwithstanding, the safety of operation issue can probably be solved. But the cost is absurdly high and still rising,” he wrote during a question and answer session on Reddit to promote his 24-hour Climate Reality webcast on the links between fossil fuels and extreme weather.

Gore’s comments seem to suggest he has changed his mind on how attractive nuclear is – in 2009, he said he saw it playing “a somewhat larger role” in the energy mix because of climate change and efforts to cut carbon emissions. “I’m not a reflexive opponent of nuclear. I used to be enthusiastic about it, but I’m now sceptical about it,” he told the Guardian at the time. […]

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Published: December 5th, 2012 at 10:47 am ET


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46 comments to Al Gore claims nuclear power will be used in future — “I think the waste issue can probably be solved”

  • PoorDaddy PoorDaddy

    Nuclear? What future?

    • or-well

      Hi Al, care for a Carrington?
      You only need one!
      How 'bout a quake
      with tsumani sauce? Yum!
      Hey, PoorDaddy, still keeping an eye on things, I see.
      Hope all's good.

    • pcjensen

      exactly. by the time Fuku is done with us, won't be enuff people to support nucs, not as if there is now… never enuff $ for nucs

  • Waste & Safety

    Two… REALLY BIG probably(s)!!

    One… cost absurdly high and rising
    Q: When absurdly high rises, then what do we have?
    A: Out of Control!

    One… now skeptical

    Reads like doublespeak to me.

    – language used to deceive usually through concealment or misrepresentation of truth; also : see gobbledygook

    • Sickputer

      My thoughts exactly CA. Three uses of an adverb [probably] that means "maybe" or ""perhaps".

      “It [nuclear industry] will play a role, but probably a limited role. I think the waste issue can probably be solved, and Fukushima notwithstanding, the safety of operation issue can probably be solved."

      SP: Specious talk from a man who runs up a $30,000 electricity bill annually at his mansion while promoting he buys 100% green energy from TVA although they only have .05 percent vested in green energy.

      He has never been known as a suave wordsmith. Witness the 1999 interview with Wolf Blitzer: "During my service in the United States Congress, I took the initiative in creating the Internet."

      SP: Yes, he said it… Thanks Al for these pixels of light…You duh man! (Not really)

  • We have been trying to find a solution to nuclear waste since Mme Curie. Wonder if Al has any ideas?

  • jackassrig

    The man invented the internet pontificating.

  • Overlooking a positive about radioactivity? We might develop super powers. (if it doesn't kill us) <sarcasm>

  • TheBigPicture TheBigPicture

    Fact shows that nuclear power is incredibly dangerous. Radiation from melted reactors has changed the Northern Hemisphere, forever.

    As for ill-unformed politicians, there's no solution for nuclear waste …not even in theory.

    What we do have, is clean, safe abundant ways to create electricity, and that is our future.

    • m a x l i

      "As for ill-unformed [ill-informed] politicians, there's no solution for nuclear waste …not even in theory."

      It is far worse than not (yet) having a solution. Theory tells us, long-term, safe storage of nuclear waste is impossible. (And this theory was known before the nuclear age started.)

      • Maggie123

        Maxli – there are so many who look for the kind of reassurance Gore offers, and leap/cling when they hear them. I am very annoyed with AG.

        • Maggie123

          (I don't usually bother following my own posts to correct grammatical error but "reassurances – them" OR "reassurances – it".)

          • Maggie123

            AGGGhh! "reassurance – it"!!!!

            • Sickputer

              It's OK Maggie May…

              Al Gore is better at a faux pas than most of us. *;-)

              And then America once had another VP savant named Dan Quayle… *;-)

              If women are from Venus Dan was the wordsmith from Mars…

              Famous Quayle quotes:

              "Mars is essentially in the same orbit . . . Mars is somewhat the same distance from the Sun, which is very important. We have seen pictures where there are canals, we believe, and water. If there is water, that means there is oxygen. If oxygen, that means we can breathe."

              "The Holocaust was an obscene period in our nation's history. I mean in this century's history. But we all lived in this century. I didn't live in this century."

              "I believe we are on an irreversible trend toward more freedom and democracy — but that could change."

              "Add one little bit on the end… Think of 'potato', how's it spelled? You're right phonetically, but what else…? There ya' go… all right!" –"correcting" a student's correct spelling of the word "potato" during a spelling bee at an elementary school (he told the student to add an "e" at the end.


        • m a x l i

          Maggie123, that word "reassurance" reminds me of something. Recently, I came across a tv-documentation about energy, touching the whole spectrum: coal, gas, oil, renewables, nuclear. When the guy in the nuclear industry was asked questions by the filmmaker an thus had an excellent opportunity to promote his part of the spectrum, to tell us why we (supposedly) need nuclear, why it (supposedly) should have a future, all he had to say was: "We cannot loose confidence."

          His confidence already had a few dents and scratches, it seems.

  • Sol Man

    Tell that to the people that will die from radiation poisoning, or the babies that will be suffer from the mutations.

  • ftlt

    He is on the wrong side of the split here… With his type of thinking – working within the staus quo – we are doomed all that much sooner…

    We and any semblance world peace won't last another 20 years anyways…

    Pull the plug, we're cooked…

  • weeman

    The rats are abandon the ship
    The dominos are falling one after another
    They have finally come to their senses
    Let hope its not a tad to late
    There is light at the end of the tunnel
    Finally a glimmer of hope the masses cry.

    • WindorSolarPlease

      Al Gore thinks the waste issue can probably be solved, this makes me sad that he said this.

      The end of Nuclear Power looks like it will take awhile.

      Can see it now, New and Improved Wasteless Nuclear Plants.

      End Nuclear Plants!!

      • weeman

        Unfortunately you are probably right on all counts.
        So don't let your guard down, the hounds are stirring
        And the wolfs are hungery.

  • moonshellblue moonshellblue

    Al Gore where is he underground somewhere? Does he know about Fukushima and all the near misses in the US and elsewhere. Geez wake up Mr. Internet Mr. Global Warming. There is no place anywhere in the future for Nuclear. IMHO

    • WindorSolarPlease

      moonshellblue, he probably does have a place underground.
      That would not surprise me.

      Guess he isn't very environmental after all.

  • moonshellblue moonshellblue

    Once again it's all about money they are coming to the realization that Nuclear is not profitable and that is the main reason they are putting on the brakes, but I'll take it, regardless.

    • weeman

      You are right that will be the end of electricity produced by nuclear power, when profit margins plummet and when they figure out how to dispose of waste the gravy train will roll again for them, it's a givin.

  • Maggie123

    To me, Al Gore's 'leadership' has always been a bit "off". I've been grateful he used his influence to kick-start public awareness of climate change, but never felt he was driven by deep wisdom. He never stepped aside from pursuit of "corporate solution" within a paradigm that assumed the 'rightness' of hierarchical privileged leadership at the helm.

    Never saw him in bib-overalls, holding a shovel, with dirt on his hands after spending a week with the earth.

    I'm not at all surprised at his attitude toward nuclear, or that he may be shifting a bit but not letting go.

  • DannieJ DannieJ

    Great, now fix the natural disaster issue.

  • amberlight amberlight

    I see that the CAGW flim-flam man is back with more of his unfounded drivel. If he really believed the BS he shovels at us he wouldn't be living like deposed royalty. How sweet that he benefits financially from "carbon credits," cuz it helps pay for his extravagant lifestyle. He probably has investments in nuclear and is now working overtime to come out ahead in that shell game, which is currently being exposed for the end game that it is.

    • Cataclysmic Cataclysmic

      Given that AG never denounced nuclear power, and that he occurred to be a proponent, and occurred to believe it was preferable to oil, or coal..I have never been a fan. Nor, have I been able to convince myself, that he is altruistic and has the benefit of the people that live on this planet as his only concern.. it was a dead give away.

  • ML

    So we have a global warning man trying to sell nuclear and Bill Gates dissing solar and funding Terra Power (small modular nuclear reactor company) and you have information on geo-engineering reducing sun light hitting the earth (which reduces solar panel output). See a pattern? Those who know the earth's surface and atmosphere are heating up are promoting nuclear.
    Give us a definite solution to nuclear waste. Lip service of a maybe solution doesn't cut it.
    And don't saddle taxpayers with cost and the dangers when things go wrong

    • Dr. Anne Lee Tomlinson Maziar anne

      Bill Gates is funding Terrapower with US taxpayer money. No more subsidies for nuclear. Bill Gates would run away like mad. "What, me support myself?" It used to be against the law for monopolies. The free market place would have benefited the people and left Bill Gates where he belongs without honor and without power.

    • richard richard

      all good points ML.

      Now, I know it's not your idea, but the thing about reducing sun light hitting the earth i think it's just too far an out there story.

      I'll repeat, I am not digging at you ML. I'm having a go at this meme.

      I think that some people need to get a serious grip on reality. Humans do not have the ability to do such extreme things, no matter what some sigh-phi nutter may dream up.

      No one can be reducing the sun light hitting the earth, it's a complete and utter, utter, load of insanity to dream up such schemes. Yet again, the crazy speculation has bubbled to the surface.

      It's like creationism; make up some deformed logic to justify the crazy ideas.

      As for your take on Terrapower,I agree.

  • To say his older sister died of Lung Cancer…
    Albert Arnold Gore,
    perhaps he wants to put all the waste in Tennessee someways, in which case:
    Or Get Real Old Barn.
    perhaps in Mexico:
    Go Beaner Rad Troll


  • pcjensen

    Apparently Al did not pay attention to Finland's deep earth storage process and why that was their only choice. Unique geology in their country, wonder where in US would he propose such a facility? If he did pay attention to Finland's process, then he's still a bought pol.

  • moonshellblue moonshellblue

    Al can you fix the weather in my head..

  • Future? What future? If Fuku keeps pumping radioactivity into the environment there isn't going to be a future.

    • richard richard

      @JHewes76 – I don't think the word 'keeping' is required. We've had nearly two years of poisoning the Pacific in the largest industrial disaster in history. The crimes of Futurecide and Ecocide have been committed. The criminals at Tepco and in the japanese guberment need to be prosecuted to the most severest levels. Just over there is a pergola and rope waiting.

      There is no future anymore. I'm spending money like it's going out of fashion. I suggest going and getting every credit card you can and max them out (but then, I'm no financial consultant, don't take me as an advisor). Party on, because the gig is up.

      Some of us know it. The rest of the world is clueless. They'll struggle on, thinking there is some worthwhile benefit to it all. But it's all so pointless. Life on Planet Earth will not be the same anymore. And I don't look forward to sharing it with Godzilla.

      And the nukers must pay the ultimate price, along with the rest of us.

      One way or the other, we'll all be long dead before fuku-d stops leaking into the environment, pity for the future generations, they'll be living in hell. If they live at all.

      The blue pearl will be no more.

  • nedlifromvermont

    Al Gore … if this is the best you can come up with, after Fukushima and after the manufacturer, General Electric, has had nothing to say about how to take control back of their out of control contraptions over there …

    … then, Al Gore, you are a massively stupid, wooden, over-blown piece of Harvard-educated crapola.

    …. even with all of your other people's inventions to your non-credit.


  • stopnp stopnp

    Al Gore is a charlatan and a tool.

  • Al Gore is a phoney, a liar, and an opportunist. And he consumers 20 times more electricity than the average American family.