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Well - the current problem is that power cuts are likely regardless, for economic reasons rather than practical ones.

So the 'still night' problem has to be seen in the context of non-sustainable technology that still can't guarantee reliable power to all of the population.

During the last freeze in the UK it literally became impossible to buy heating oil, and gas stocks were getting close to the bone.

So it's false to imply that only renewables suffer from practical supply issues.

Now, you can argue that Good Nukes™ might solve some supply problems. But the history of nukes has been one of heavy subsidy and practical underperformance.

So it's reasonable to ask if giving similar subsidies to sustainables might not improve supply reliability, rather than degrade it.

by ThatBritGuy (thatbritguy (at) googlemail.com) on Wed Dec 7th, 2011 at 10:23:12 AM EST
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Political reasons, surely?
by Colman (colman at eurotrib.com) on Wed Dec 7th, 2011 at 12:19:55 PM EST
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Economics is politics by other means

- Migeru

Friends come and go. Enemies accumulate.

by JakeS (JangoSierra 'at' gmail 'dot' com) on Wed Dec 7th, 2011 at 07:52:05 PM EST
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