Apple’s Earth Day initiative demonizes carbon-free nuclear power

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Apple kicked off its Earth Day 2022 initiative on Thursday with $1 from every Apple Pay transaction through the April 22 environmental holiday donated to the World Wildlife Fund (WWF), an explicitly anti-nuclear group.

“WWF has a vision for the future that will phase out the use of fossil fuels and nuclear in the
share of the world’s energy consumption,” reads a 2003 position paper by the nonprofit organization outlining a position maintained nearly 20 years later.

The WWF promotion was highlighted by energy author Alex Epstein on Twitter as simply the latest example of Apple promoting an anti-nuclear agenda. The company misleadingly promotes its operations as being powered entirely by renewable energy, which excludes nuclear power, with the purchase of green credits from other consumers on local power grids to cover its use of coal and reliable natural gas.

The green pursuit of a low-carbon future without the introduction of more nuclear power into existing grids is just a fantasy. Today, nuclear energy generates nearly 20% of America’s electricity and more than half of the country’s carbon-free energy from 93 reactors, according to the Nuclear Energy Institute (NEI). In contrast, the Department of Energy reports wind and solar generation of 12%. While nuclear reactors retain the ability to produce stable output, solar panels and wind turbines depend on weather conditions.

Overreliance on unreliable wind and solar has triggered short-term energy crises in Europe and California. Europe’s reliance on Russian fuel to generate instant power when weather-dependent sources failed during nuclear plant shutdowns has further constrained Western diplomacy with President Vladimir Putin making the war in Ukraine. The United States runs the risk of a similar dependence on Russian resources without diversifying its supply of uranium to fuel the country’s nuclear reactors. Forty-six percent of US uranium comes from Russian-backed states.

Going nuclear, however, remains the only environmentally sustainable solution for a low-carbon future, with factories requiring 300 to 400 times less land than would be needed to mass-produce from wind and solar, according to an analysis by Michael Shellenberger of Environmental Progress.

Last week, a wind energy company was fined millions after pleading guilty to killing at least 150 protected eagles.


Tristan Justice is the Western correspondent for The Federalist. He has also written for The Washington Examiner and The Daily Signal. His work has also been featured in Real Clear Politics and Fox News. Tristan is a graduate of George Washington University where he majored in political science and minored in journalism. Follow him on Twitter at @JusticeTristan or contact him at Tristan@thefederalist.com.



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