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ok, but germany needs at least 150 GW of carbon-neutral electricity to replace fossil fuels (including transport and heating without fossil fuels). doing that with wind requires 75,000 sq km of land without trees or buildings - something like 22 percent of germany's land surface.  And there's not much scope for offshore wind: look at a map and see how much offshore water is less than 30 m deep.  
by paulm on Fri Jul 13th, 2007 at 12:38:22 PM EST
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Alternatively, you need to put 22% of Germany's trees or buildings within 15 Km of a nuclear reactor.

Can the last politician to go out the revolving door please turn the lights off?
by Carrie (migeru at eurotrib dot com) on Fri Jul 13th, 2007 at 12:40:07 PM EST
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Or you can have a few sites with 5-10 reactors per site.

Peak oil is not an energy crisis. It is a liquid fuel crisis.
by Starvid on Fri Jul 13th, 2007 at 01:12:41 PM EST
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Yes you'd 'need' that kind of land, but it's not like that land is unusable for anything else - you can still farm it, have roads, facilities, etc...

As to offshore, you'd be surprised by how much "scope" there is, even with such depth limitation. And 30m is only a limit right now at current power prices and in the face of current subsidy regimes for coal, gas et al.

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

by Jerome a Paris (etg@eurotrib.com) on Sat Jul 14th, 2007 at 10:57:31 AM EST
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