ETA Distinguished Lecture: Can Nuclear Power and Renewables Be Friends?

ETA Distinguished Lecture: Can Nuclear Power and Renewables Be Friends?

Seminar Abstract 

The proposal by Pacific Gas & Electric and environmental organizations to close Diablo Canyon, California's last nuclear plant, has brought into stark relief the question energy analysts are increasingly asking: can renewables and nuclear work together to decarbonize electricity, or is it an either/or proposition? In this talk, Michael Shellenberger, founder and president of Environmental Progress, a new environmental research and policy organization, will make the case for climate action based on an "all of the above" approach to energy efficiency, conservation, solar, wind and nuclear power. While Shellenberger is best-known for his defense of nuclear power including Diablo Canyon to solve climate change, over the last decade he has also championed a "new Apollo project" for solar and wind, much of which was enacted by President Barack Obama's green stimulus, and argued against "technology tribalism" as one of the main obstacles to climate action. In this talk, Shellenberger will describe the energy and environmental policy implications of the proposed deal to close Diablo Canyon and other nuclear power plants.

For information about this lecture please visit this ETA Distinguished Lecture Series website.

Seminar Speaker(s) 

Michael Shellenberger
Founder and President, Environmental Progress

Michael is founder and president of Environmental Progress. He is a long-time advocate of clean energy innovation and environmental progress as part of a paradigm shift in how we think about and deal with environmental problems. He is co-founder and Senior Fellow at Breakthrough Institute, and on the Advisory Board of MIT's "Future of Nuclear Energy" task force. In 2002 he cofounded the Apollo Alliance, now the Blue-Green Coalition, which advocated a $300 billion investment in renewable energy and energy efficiency — a demand that was largely realized by President Barack Obama. Michael is Time Magazine "Hero of the Environment" (2008) and coauthor of An Ecomodernist Manifesto (2015) and Nature Unbound (2105). Michael has been profiled in the New York Times, Wired, the San Francisco Chronicle, the National Review, The New Republic, and on NPR; his research and writing have appeared in The Harvard Law and Policy Review, Democracy Journal, the American Prospect, The New Republic, and the Wall Street Journal.


Jul 28, 2016 -
12:00pm to 1:00pm


Building 50 Auditorium