I am, believe it or not, very much in favor of sound environmental policy. But sound environmental policy begins by rejecting distorted views or reality. When you began to write off facts, because they do not fit into your ideological framework, sound policy is impossible. A primary example of this is found in a recent document offered by the World Wildlife Fund (WWF) and Allianz, a large insurance organization. The Title of the document is G8: 2009 Climate Scorecard. We shall quickly see that whatever value this document might have is utterly undermined by a single statement:
WWF does not consider nuclear power to be a viable policy option. The indicators “emissions per capita”, “emissions per GDP” and “CO2 per kWh electricity” for all countries have therefore been adjusted as if the generation of electricity from nuclear power had produced 350 gCO2/kWh (emission factor for natural gas). Without the adjustment, the original indicators for France would have been much lower, e.g. 86 gCO2/kWh. A country using nuclear energy is therefore rated as a country using gas, the most efficient fossil fuel.Thus it is not actual performance that gets you a passing grade in the WWF scorecard, it is ideological correctness. The WWF is profoundly confused if it believes that by adopting this standard it is fighting climate change. That WWF panda is shaking the chair against reality.
Hat tip to Klaus Allmendinger.