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Mar 28, 2011

Nuclear: A “Grossly Uncompetitive” Energy Option

 

As the “grave and unpredictable” nuclear crisis in Japan continues, energy experts both internationally and domestically are questioning the viability of nuclear to deliver safe and reliable energy.

Is it possible to meet our carbon reduction targets without nuclear? According to Amory Lovins, yes, and more effectively and cheaply. Lovins asserts that nuclear is such a slow and costly climate solution, it actually reduces and retards climate protection, compared with a best buys first approach.

Over the weekend, Lovins spoke with host Bruce Gellerman on Public Radio International’s Living on Earth, about the true costs of nuclear power.

Listen to, or download the podcast from Living on Earth.

Or, you can view a full interview transcript.

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April 5, 2011

And when nuclear finally comes on line it becomes a major hurdle to a more widespread adoption of efficiency/variable renewables because of the baseload business model it carries within. Do we really need so called baseload power so badly or do we just want the lights to go on whenever we flick a switch? If the latter is our choice, then we have more than plenty of alternatives to both nuclear as well as coal power. But first, someone has to tell Obama that nuclear (and/or 'clean' coal, for that matter) and renewables can't be put to work together on a larger scale because of their very different technical and economic features.


April 11, 2011

Without a completely 'true' evaluation, you have to quantify the OIL/COAL contribution, you cannot reach any valid conclusions about energy. The term, "marginalized externality" covers most of the back-end damages. Damages which are being hidden, dismissed, or marginalized (in the social sense) cannot be figured into models with names like; Coal consumption, Gas consumption, commercial energy consumption. All the while dismissing a number of true costs, damages, and negative effects.

Even the 'best buy' simulation takes the current energy cost without any of it's hidden costs, tax breaks, or handouts. Although I agree with any good and prudent measure, we have to dig a bit to find the true costs. Or, we can buy the greener line and just go along with them.

TIA

Richard

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