Professor James Hansen

Professor James (Jim) Hansen

Former Director NASA Goddard Institute for Space Studies;
Professor, Columbia University Earth Institute

After studying climate change for over four decades, it’s clear to me that the world is heading for a climate catastrophe unless we develop adequate energy sources to replace fossil fuels.

Safer, cleaner and cheaper nuclear power can replace coal and is desperately needed as an essential part of the solution.

I strongly support the Alvin Weinberg Foundation’s vital work to raise awareness of the urgent need for next-generation nuclear power to combat climate change and to provide clean energy for the future.”

By Vera de Kok (Own work) [CC-BY-SA-3.0 (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/3.0)], via Wikimedia Commons

Professor Jim al-Khalili OBE

Professor of Nuclear Physics, University of Surrey;

BBC Broadcaster

“As a research physicist and public broadcaster, I am always concerned that the public receives impartial and accurate information on the most urgent technological problems facing our society. And there are few technological problems more pressing than climate change and clean energy.

Next-generation nuclear reactors, which are inherently safe and can use up existing stocks of waste, could be a “game changing” technology, but public awareness in the UK is not as high as it should be.

So I am delighted to support the Alvin Weinberg Foundation’s crucial mission of researching the potential of new nuclear technology and raising awareness amongst the public and civil society.

By SlimVirgin at en.wikipedia. Original photograph by Adrian Arbib. [CC-BY-SA-2.0-uk (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/2.0/uk/deed.en)], from Wikimedia Commons

George Monbiot

Commentator, writer and campaigner for environmental justice

“Safer and cleaner nuclear power could play a big part in averting the climate crisis, but far too little is being done to educate the public about the potential of advanced nuclear energy to wean us off fossil fuels and to reduce the stockpile of nuclear waste.

The UK public needs an impartial, credible source of information that is wholly independent of the established nuclear industry, and so I am pleased to support the Alvin Weinberg Foundation’s mission to communicate honestly with the public and to raise awareness of the potential of this maligned energy source amongst campaigners and the media.

Mark Lynas in a scene from PANDORA’S PROMISE. Photo credit: Howard Shack Mark Lynas

Environmental campaigner and author of Six Degrees – Our Future on a Hotter Planet

“Even though I have been deeply worried by climate change for a long time, I was always opposed to nuclear power. But I changed my mind when I realised the scale of the global energy challenge we face and discovered the facts about nuclear’s potential as the largest-scale zero-carbon energy source.

Next-generation reactors, like Fast Reactors, can use up existing stocks of nuclear waste and provide 24/7 clean energy. The more people who hear about the potential of nuclear energy, the better our chances of truly tackling climate change.

I warmly welcome the Alvin Weinberg Foundation’s evidence-based approach to the energy debate, and enthusiastically support its mission to raise awareness of next-generation nuclear energy amongst NGOs and the general public.”


UK National Nuclear Laboratory

The Alvin Weinberg Foundation has played a really vital role in helping to promote research into next-generation nuclear power systems and fuel cycles, including work to assess the potential role of thorium in the energy mix.

Like ourselves, the Foundation always strives to ensure that their input to the debate is fact-based and robust and this has helped them to develop a reputation for credibility and authority, which is well-deserved.”

APPG on Thorium Energy

Lord Lucas


Julian Huppert MP


All-Party Parliamentary Group on Thorium Energy

The Alvin Weinberg Foundation’s work has helped us to understand the potential benefits of thorium and next generation nuclear reactors, such as the Molten Salt Reactor.

The Foundation provides the secretariat for the All Party Parliamentary Group on Thorium Energy, which plays an important role in facilitating discussion among Parliamentarians on these very promising technologies.”


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