With a new administration stepping into the White House along with a Democrat-led congress, President Joe Biden has begun making moves in the energy sector. President Biden has signed dozens of executive orders, a few of them specifically addressing current environmental problems. Although these “green energy” steps look good on paper, they will do nothing effective in the long run, and will only hurt the American people and our energy independence.
The two largest orders reintroduce the United States into the Paris Climate Accords and effectively kill the Keystone Pipeline respectively.
The Keystone pipeline once provided thousands of jobs and billions of dollars in revenue. It would have further strengthened America’s energy independence as well as ensured even more affordable gas prices for the average American family.
This shift towards more renewable energy sources like solar and wind, not only still create toxic waste, but are far too expensive for the average American to truly afford. These power sources still rely on fossil fuels, not only to substitute them during certain times of the day or year but also as a tool in their own construction.
While so-called “green energy” is neither green nor does it provide efficient energy, there is one possible answer to this problem: Nuclear Power.
Nuclear power benefits both corporate and working-class America. It serves as a clean energy source, being one of the lowest carbon producers among energy sources, and it is a great response to the issue of climate change as it can also be used to combat greenhouse gas emissions.
While combating climate change is important, providing reliably low-cost energy solutions to American families should take top priority. Fossil fuels still power most lower income American households. Nuclear serves as a cheap and very efficient response to that problem as it is affordable across the economic spectrum.
What Biden should have done was to incentivize growth within the nuclear sector while leaving the fossil fuel industry alone. Fossil fuels are nothing more than a temporary tool that will be thrown out the window once other energy sources step into the mainstream. It is cheap, and efficient, but it obviously comes with an environmental cost that can’t be used in the long run.
As a nation, we should overcome the fear of nuclear power. It is simply the cheapest and most efficient power source. It could even have bipartisan support if promoted correctly.
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