Western democracies are under assault by a Russia determined to bring the United States and its allies to their knees.
It is time our response was nuclear. As in nuclear power.
Improvements in nuclear power have now reportedly made it a safer source of energy, providing an additional source of power free from the posturing blackmail of leaders such as Putin.
Climate change expert Michael Shellenberger wrote in Forbes:
"Study after study in top scientific journals find that nuclear power plants are far and away the safest way to make reliable electricity.... The good news is that a growing number of scientists who specialize in radiation, climate, and public health are speaking out for nuclear power plants as critical to saving lives.... In 2013... the climate scientists Pushker Kharecha and James Hansen found that 'nuclear power prevented an average of 1.84 million air pollution-related deaths.'"
We view these statistics at a time when the war in Ukraine has painfully revealed Western Europe is at the mercy of a Russian natural gas pipeline that powers much of Europe's economy, from industrial factories to apartment buildings to pubs. Until recently, Putin has only "toyed" with Europe's access to Russian energy, and suggested that the Nord Stream 1 pipeline was down for maintenance one day and emergency repairs the next. Now, instead of a fraction of the normal supply he has allowed to trickle into Europe, Putin has effectively shut off the supply as punishment for the West's support of Ukraine.