Dr. Patrick Moore, co-chair of the national Clean and Safe Energy (CASEnergy) Coalition, wants to educate people on the clean energy benefits of nuclear energy, as well as the economic benefits of new nuclear, and sees Arkansas as a model.
“It is important to educate people so the facts are part of the conversation about our energy future,” said Moore. “So often the discussion is driven by emotional rhetoric rather than by the facts.”
Moore, also a co-founder of Greenpeace, spoke recently in Little Rock as part of the Clinton School’s prestigious public lecture series. His talk focused on the economic and environmental benefits of nuclear energy, including benefits to Entergy Arkansas customers.
Entergy Arkansas receives 70 percent of its power from nuclear. Both Arkansas Nuclear One in Russellville, Ark., and Grand Gulf Nuclear Station in Port Gibson, Miss., provide power to Entergy customers in Arkansas. Nuclear energy comprises more than 70 percent of all clean energy produced in the state.
“Nuclear’s solid record in Arkansas demonstrates its real potential to help stabilize electricity costs and provide a clean, reliable, cost-efficient source of energy for all of Entergy’s customers,” Moore said.
Moore also shared his messages with Entergy Arkansas’ low-income advocates and area business leaders. His efforts were part of a year-long celebration by Entergy of 35 years of operation for Arkansas Nuclear One and 25 years for Grand Gulf.
“Dr. Moore’s visit to Arkansas helps reinforce efforts our company is making to help customers understand the positive impact nuclear provides,” said Entergy Arkansas president and CEO Hugh McDonald. “As we see national fuel prices fluctuate and concerns about carbon emission grow across the globe, Arkansas’ early investment in nuclear proves even more valuable.”
Comparisons show that the positive impact of nuclear on Arkansas is equal to removing about half of all vehicles from the state’s roadways. National figures indicate electricity produced with nuclear costs about 2.5 times less than with other resources like natural gas.
Facts like these are why Moore and CASEnergy’s national grassroots coalition of more than 2,500 members promote national expansion of nuclear energy resources as part of a sustainable energy policy.
“Other states are trying to find solutions to growing energy needs,” said Moore. “Thanks to foresight and leadership, Arkansas already has the answer for a bright future: nuclear.”
Entergy Arkansas, Inc. provides electricity to more than 687,000 customers in 63 counties. It is a subsidiary of Entergy Corporation. Entergy Corporation is an integrated energy company engaged primarily in electric power production and retail distribution operations. Entergy owns and operates power plants with approximately 30,000 megawatts of electric generating capacity, and it is the second-largest nuclear generator in the United States.
Greenpeace co-founder touts benefits of nuclear energy in Arkansas