Nukular Stuff

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A while ago, I raised the problem–an inconvenient truth, if you will–that moving to a renewable energy future is going to be difficult: My impression reading a lot of commentary about renewable energy is that there’s this fantasy that we just have to build a bunch of windmills, install some solar panels, buy a Prius,…

By way of Digby, we come across this proposal of how to reach 95% percent renewable energy by 2050. Before I get to some of the issue I have with the study (which is actually pretty good), I want to lay out my general views on energy use. First, I’m not a ‘fan’ of nuclear…

I’m starting to think that Fox News’ primary function isn’t catapulting conservative propaganda, but Will Rogers-esque comedy: One name seems out of place on the graphic [of Japan's nuclear power plants] — that of “Shibuyaeggman.” It doesn’t show up on the International Atomic Energy Agency’s list of Japanese nuclear power stations, and this map of…

In light of the nuclear power plant partial meltdowns in Japan, there are calls for not expanding the U.S. nuclear power plant capacity, and even shutting down existing plants. What bothers me about this is that there is no discussion of how we make up the energy production shortfall–I’ll get to energy conservation in a…

More on Thorium-Based Nuclear Power

I’ve written about the need and potential of thorium-based nuclear power: It’s always seemed to me that nuclear power would have to be part of the solution of the global warming problem: even if the planet’s population were to remain constant, and even if planet-wide energy use were to remain steady, we would still have…

Is Thorium an Answer to Global Warming?

It’s always seemed to me that nuclear power would have to be part of the solution of the global warming problem: even if the planet’s population were to remain constant, and even if planet-wide energy use were to remain steady, we would still have to dramatically cut CO2 per capita emissions. The problem with nuclear…

Lithium-Based Nuclear Reactors?

By way of Phronesisaical, this story about a lithium-based nuclear reactor sounds too good to be true: