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DOCTORS FOR NUCLEAR ENERGY

Fight climate change.  Eliminate air pollution.  Cure the planet

Doctors for Nuclear Energy is a volunteer organization with no connections to industry.  We believe that the evidence points to Nuclear Energy as the most effective tool to transition off fossil fuels and eliminate air pollution. 

 

WHY NUCLEAR?

Every year 7 million people die prematurely from air pollution.  Particulate matter from coal fired power plants contribute to millions of cases of pneumonia, asthma, heart disease, stroke and premature birth. 

 

Climate change poses enormous challenges to health.  Forest fires, droughts, food shortages and the spread of tropical diseases threaten the peace and stability or our societies 

It is a little known fact that Nuclear Energy has already successfully replaced the burning of fossil fuels in France, Sweden and Ontario and decarbonized their electricity.

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ACTIVITIES

We advocate for nuclear energy as the evidence based tool we need right now to clean up our air and reduce the impacts of climate change.

 

PRIORITY NUMBER 1: PHASE OUT COAL!

We all breath the same air. Coal is the dirtiest of the fossil fuels and is poisoning us and our environment.

CLIMATE SUCCESS STORIES

Learn how some countries have already decarbonized their electricity

WHY RENEWABLES CAN'T FIX THE CLIMATE

Resource intensive and intermittent collectors like panels and turbines that need fossil fueled back up power are not the solution

WE KNOW HOW TO DO THIS

The evidence is clear Nuclear and/or Hydro are the only two energy sources that have successfully decarbonized electricity on a state level. We believe that we must be guided by evidence not fanciful hope that weather dependent renewables with theoretical storage systems can deliver the rapid change we need. Indeed Germany and California demonstrate that despite 100's of billions of dollars invested in renewables there have been only trivial reductions in emissions and a failure to replace coal and gas. Given that most hydro sites have already been developed and changing climate may make their output unpredictable, Nuclear remains an essential backbone of decarbonization.

 

Watch this custom-made timelapse video above showing the electricitymap for the period of October 2016 to September 2017. In high speed it reveals interesting details on European climate performance:

  • France, Norway and Sweden have constantly low emissions per kWh over the whole year

  • Norway is constantly green since its citizens consume practically only hydropower. 

  • France and Sweden remain green all year round too. What do they have in common? They both decided some decades ago after the oil crisis in the 1970’s and also for environmental reasons not to burn fossil fuels for electricity generation, but rather use nuclear power.

  • For other countries, their carbon intensity fluctuates depending mostly on weather. When the sun goes down or the wind doesn't blow the grid runs on lignite, coal or natural gas.

 

GREEN COUNTRIES: LOW CARBON THROUGH NUCLEAR AND/OR HYDRO

Click on a country to see its electricity mix

 
 

CONTACT DOCTORS FOR NUCLEAR ENERGY

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MEET THE PEOPLE

CHRIS KEEFER MD CCFP CEUS-IP

Founder and Director

Chris Keefer is a Canadian emergency physician and father. Initially anti-nuclear his passion for social and environmental justice has lead him to seek out the best evidence based solutions to our climate emergency.

 

MEMBERS

DR. ANTON VAN DER MERWE PHD

Professor of Molecular Immunology 
Sir William Dunn School of Pathology
University of Oxford

DR. RICHARD STEEVES

Professor emeritus of Radiation Oncology Wisconsin School of Medicine

DR. ROMEO BRUNI

 Emergency Physician

 

DR. PHILLIP R CARLSON

Emeritus Professor of Radiology University of Wisconsin

DR. MARTIN GOODMAN

Emergency Physician

DR CHRIS KEEFER

Emergency Physician 
Lecturer Department of Family and Community Medicine University of Toronto

 

DR BRENDON TROTTER

Emergency Physician, Assistant Clinical Professor, Medicine

DR. PHILLIPPE LE FEVRE

Intensive Care Physician

DR. EDWARD PILON

Emergency Physician

 
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