To live as civilised humans, we need:
- reasonably predictable, clement weather
- ecosystem services (such as photosynthesis to maintain oxygen level)
- fertile land and seas
- stable shorelines
- trusted knowledge
- abundant energy
All these are now under threat from climate change, caused largely by emissions from burning fossil fuels to provide energy.
Economies thrive on cheap energy. Most fundamentally, energy is needed for:
- economic security
- national security
- food security
No politician is willing to ignore these key responsibilities. So until a cheap, safe, zero carbon energy source becomes available fossil fuels will continue to be burned, risking future climate catastrophe.
The most abundant, economically scalable, zero-carbon energy source is advanced nuclear power. However the public has been mislead about radiation safety. The good news is that radiation is safe within limits.