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It would take only a few years to get to 20%, or even 30-40% with a bit more investment in the network, using only wind, if a big large scale plan was put in place.

France switched to nuclear completely in 20 years. Wind is so much easier.

It's not because it hasn't been done on that scale yet that it cannot be done.

In the long run, we're all dead. John Maynard Keynes

by Jerome a Paris (etg@eurotrib.com) on Thu Aug 31st, 2006 at 10:38:26 AM EST
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Great--then let's have half or more renewables, some hydro, and nuclear. (We say from our view on Mount Olympus, as we direct the doings of mortals!)

But, as you have pointed out, wind farms face resistance from the public just as nuclear plants do.

The US polls are indicating a more favorable attitude about nuclear power.  In areas where there are more nuclear plants, and therefore cheaper electricity, and people are used to smaller bills and to the presence of the plants, over 80% of people polled are in favor of having new plants built.

On dark days, I think as asdf does--that the political will is missing to do anything sane about energy and global warming.  Check out the article on renewables in the current Scientific American.  R & D funding has dropped in the past 25 years--just when it should have been ramped up in a major way.

by Plan9 on Thu Aug 31st, 2006 at 11:29:22 AM EST
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aaah, the voice of pragmatic sanity....

the problems are lack of vision and will, rather than logistical, imo.

as for not being able to avoid global warming, i agree that's the way it looks, it remains to decide to believe it or not...

ymmv

'The history of public debt is full of irony. It rarely follows our ideas of order and justice.' Thomas Piketty

by melo (melometa4(at)gmail.com) on Thu Aug 31st, 2006 at 01:38:11 PM EST
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