Andrew Winston on the North American Clean Economy Agreement

AndrewWinstonWhat would it take for North America to really reduce pollution? At a minimum, Canada, the U.S., and Mexico would have to jointly commit to increasing renewable energy sources and eliminating fossil fuel subsidies. Fortunately, these three nations just signed onto the North American Clean Economy Agreement, which includes these commitments and many others aimed at improving the environment. Author and sustainability consultant Andrew Winston joins us today on Sea Change Radio to explain the ins and outs of the agreement. Winston and host Alex Wise discuss its importance, dissect the specific pledges made by the three countries, and look at what steps must be taken to achieve the goals listed in this unprecedented agreement.

3 thoughts on “Andrew Winston on the North American Clean Economy Agreement

  1. You did not challenge your guest on his statement that nuclear power will be needed for base load power in the future. Nor did you point out that this is highly debatable. Nor did you point out the reasons why some big nuke plants are being scheduled for decommissioning. Nor did you explain that nuclear power is on track to become the most expensive form of commercial power.

  2. Thanks for your comment and for listening, David. I didn’t challenge Mr. Winston on those points about nuclear because I didn’t really want to get into an in-depth debate on the pros and cons of nuclear energy. It wasn’t central to our discussion. I hear your points though, and they’re valid. For the record, Mr. Winston did mention that it’s prohibitively expensive and time-consuming to get new nuclear plants built in the U.S., however. Stay tuned for future debates on Sea Change Radio focusing on nuclear energy, including a very special guest in the weeks ahead!

  3. I agree with everything David says. It’s incredibly expensive, especially to build new plants. What we talked about though, was whether we should shut down existing nuclear assets while building the clean economy future. I think it could be unwise given the very short time frame to get global emissions down. We need a bit more time to get storage up to scale also.

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