Apple Uses Earth Day Promotion to Attack Nuclear Power

Apple kicked off its 2022 Earth Day Initiative last Thursday by pledging to donate $1 for every Apple Pay transaction through Earth Day on April 22 to the anti-nuclear power advocacy group World Wildlife Fund (WWF).

The WWF has a long-standing policy of demanding a future for humanity without fossil fuels or nuclear energy. Author Alex Epstein noted in a Twitter post on Friday that the contribution to WWF pledged by Apple is only the most recent example of Apple’s aggressively anti-nuclear agenda.

Apple runs a public relations and marketing operation claiming the company operates entirely on renewable energy sources. They expressly reject nuclear energy in that process. Apple manages its mental gymnastics by buying up “green credits” from other energy users on local power grids as cover for the claims it makes. In reality, Apple relies heavily on coal and natural gas for energy, as virtually every consumer and producer does.

Apple’s concept of a low- or non-carbon future without further development of nuclear energy capabilities is part of the environmental activist fantasy continuously sold to the public. Nuclear power currently supplies almost 20 percent of America’s electricity needs. More than half of the carbon-free energy produced in the U.S. comes from the 93 nuclear plants operating in the country.

According to the Department of Energy, wind and solar sources produce 12 percent of America’s electricity. Nuclear power plants operate without interruption while solar panels and wind turbines are only productive when allowed by weather conditions. Last week, a wind power generating company admitted to killing at least 150 protected eagles and was fined more than $8 million.

Like many locations in Europe, California has experienced short-term energy disruptions because of the high level of reliance on wind and solar power. Europe has been particularly harmed by its need to rely on fuel imported from Russia to meet energy needs when its weather-dependent sources have faltered. That dependence has significantly affected western efforts at diplomacy related to Russia’s aggressive invasion of neighboring Ukraine.

A study by Environmental Progress’s Michael Schellenberger shows that greater development of nuclear production is the only way to achieve an environmentally sustainable future that does not rely on carbon-based fuels. In addition to being unreliable, wind and solar energy take up to 400 times more land area than nuclear plants to produce the same amount of energy when running at peak production.

If America fails to diversify its sourcing of uranium needed to fuel its nuclear reactors, we run the risk of similar weakness resulting from overreliance on Russia. Currently, the U.S. imports 46 percent of the uranium we use from Russia or its allies. Organizations and companies like WWF and Apple of course campaign aggressively against the development of America’s domestic uranium supply.