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to halt work on UK plant "from the viewpoint of its economic rationality…
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yesterday by TomRaftery
Only nuclear energy can save the planet • WSJ
Joshua Goldstein and Staffan Qvist:
<p>the consumption of fossil fuels is growing quickly as poorer countries climb out of poverty and increase their energy use. Improving energy efficiency can reduce some of the burden, but it’s not nearly enough to offset growing demand.

Any serious effort to decarbonize the world economy will require, then, a great deal more clean energy, on the order of 100 trillion kilowatt-hours per year, by our calculations—roughly equivalent to today’s entire annual fossil-fuel usage. A key variable is speed. To reach the target within three decades, the world would have to add about 3.3 trillion more kilowatt-hours of clean energy every year.

Solar and wind power alone can’t scale up fast enough to generate the vast amounts of electricity that will be needed by midcentury, especially as we convert car engines and the like from fossil fuels to carbon-free energy sources. Even Germany’s concerted recent effort to add renewables—the most ambitious national effort so far—was nowhere near fast enough. A global increase in renewables at a rate matching Germany’s peak success would add about 0.7 trillion kilowatt-hours of clean electricity every year. That’s just over a fifth of the necessary 3.3 trillion annual target.

…So why isn’t everyone who is concerned about climate change getting behind nuclear power? Why isn’t the nuclear power industry in the U.S. and the world expanding to meet the rising demand for clean electricity? The key reason is that most countries’ policies are shaped not by hard facts but by long-standing and widely shared phobias about radiation.</p>

There's one other point: they're pretty slow to build. But it's true. We need more of them.
nuclear  climatechange 
4 days ago by charlesarthur
Why I changed my mind about nuclear power | Michael Shellenberger | TEDxBerlin - YouTube
Michael Shellenberger is co-founder and Senior Fellow at the Breakthrough Institute, where he was president from 2003 to 2015, and a co-author of the Ecomodernist Manifesto.
Over the last decade, Michael and his colleagues have constructed a new paradigm that views prosperity, cheap energy and nuclear power as the keys to environmental progress. A book he co-wrote (with Ted Nordhaus) in 2007, Break Through: From the Death of Environmentalism
to the Politics of Possibility, was called by Wired magazine “the best thing to happen to environmentalism since Rachel Carson’s Silent Spring,” while Time Magazine called him a “hero of the environment.” In the 1990s, he helped protect the last signi cant groves of old-growth redwoods still in private hands and bring about labor improvements to Nike factories in Asia.
energy  nuclear 
4 days ago by soobrosa
Remembering Norwegian heroism 75 years on - Warriors remembered
Five veterans follow the footsteps of a daring sabotage operation against the Nazis
story  war  nazi  nuclear  norway 
7 days ago by soobrosa
'It's time to transform our thinking. Renewable and energies are not mutually exclusive, but complementary…
nuclear  from twitter_favs
8 days ago by gourock_swimming
By the great Richard Rhodes! Why must be a part of the solution. I want to add, that problems are really a…
nuclear  from twitter_favs
8 days ago by gourock_swimming
» Visiting the Hanford Site: Inside the World’s First Nuclear Reactor - from QT Luong's Blog
The dual side of Hanford Reach, and reason for the accidental existence of Hanford Reach National Monument, is the Hanford Site (Hanford Nuclear Reservation) the former top secret Manhattan Project plutonium production facility established in 1943, which is almost entirely surrounded by the national monument.

More notably, the largest environmental Superfund cleanup effort in the country takes place there. The site is considered to be the most toxic place in America and has been dubbed “America’s Chernobyl”, with estimates by the Government Accountability Office for the clean up reaching more than $100 billion. The reactor tours are conducted by the Department of Energy in partnership with the NPS (information and advance reservations here), daily or twice a day except on Sundays from the end of May to mid-November. In addition, there is an annual tour of the cleanup process ran by the Department of Energy.
nuclear  washington  park  tour 
9 days ago by bwiese
There’s no easy fix for our nuclear past (No Fix for Our Nuclear Past) — High Country News
At Washington’s Hanford nuclear site, failing infrastructure and make-do plans as the West prepares for a new round of radioactivity.
nuclear  history  environment 
10 days ago by sew245
2019 Agenda 1) 24/7 clean power for all = 2) Education & Trauma recovery for children fleeing violence…
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10 days ago by gourock_swimming
21 new reactors are expected to be set up by 2031: Department of Atomic Energy Yes…
nuclear  from twitter_favs
14 days ago by gourock_swimming

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