Mark Lynas

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Mark Lynas and Oliver Tickell are two journalists who helped draft a climate change scenario study of the Stockholm Network.[1] Other authors include big oil management people (BP and Shell) apart from a few academics. The study claims a distance from climate sceptical research promoted by "U.S. think tanks" according to media reports on the scenario study, although the Stockholm Network itself has previously promoted climate scepticism itself.[2] The scenario study argues in favor of a radical departure from the political course taken so far (Kyoto) allegedly because the instruments are less effective than an alternative promoted in a "step change" scenario advocating taxation at the origin of the carbon chain. No information on distributional consequences are given, unfortunately. It is unclear who would carry the burden if this allegedly economic growth supporting alternative would be pursued, and the whole strategy may be primarily meant to help undermining the Kyoto diplomacy. Mark Lynas in any case has also written in favor of nuclear energy.[3]

From anti to pro-nuclear



Everything you thought you knew about nuclear power is wrong. This is just as well, according to Mark Lynas in Nuclear 2.0, because nuclear energy is essential to avoid catastrophic global warming. Using the latest world energy statistics Lynas shows that with wind and solar still at only about 1 percent of global primary energy, asking renewables to deliver all the world’s power is “dangerously delusional”. Moreover, there is no possibility of using less energy, he reminds us, when the developing world is fast extricating itself from poverty and adding the equivalent of a new Brazil to global electricity consumption each year. The anti-nuclear movement of the 1970s and 80s succeeded only in making the world more dependent on fossil fuels, he shows: its history is “not lit by sunshine,

but shrouded in coal smoke”. Instead of making the same mistake again, all those who want to see a low-carbon

Pro-nuclear film on BBC ahead of EDF and UK government deal

Publications, Contact, Resources and Notes

  • Mark Lynas, Nuclear 2.0 Why Nuclear a Green Future Needs Nuclear, e-book

Contact Details




  1. Stockholm Network Homepage, accessed March 13, 2009
  2. Corporate Europe Observatory (CEO),Brussels think tanks persist in funding secrecy: ExxonMobil covertly funds EU climate skeptics, December 2006, accessed March 13, 2009
  3. Mark Lynas, Why greens must learn to love nuclear power, accessed March 13, 2009