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IEA chief says nuclear power will "come back" because it is a necessary technology to achieve sustainable energy supply, but it will be more expensive.
We need fiscal consolidation and budget austeriry, we can't afford to retrofit the existing plants to higher standards Japan cannot do without 30% of its electric power Nothing to see here, move along.
Russian PM Vladimir Putin says the nuclear power plant Russia plans to build in Belarus would be more accident-proof than the plants that have been damaged in Japan, reports Interfax.
More from US Energy Secretary Stephen Chu. He told lawmakers that Americans "should have full confidence that the United States has rigorous safety" rules and that nuclear plant builders "clearly consider things like tsunamis ... and earthquakes". He added: "Whenever there's an incident such as what's happening in Japan, we have to pay very close attention to that, think very hard."
Chu says the Obama administration is still committed to having nuclear power, saying the country "needs a diverse supply of energy".
A second problem is the manufacturers of goods and services using electric power are able to capture "externality" profit because they are not billed for the increase in electrical power their goods and services demand. Thus they do not have any incentive to lower or limit the electric power needed to power their product(s.)
A third problem is illustrated by the ceebs' posted quote. Supposed experts and objective commentators are incapable of critical thinking. Nuclear power generating plants have never been forced to pay for the totality of all costs, from the medical costs for the increased cancer rates of the local population where uranium mining is done to the costs of long-term storage of spent nuclear fuel. Nuclear power is only "sustainable" (sic) IF these costs are excluded in the cost/benefit analysis.
She believed in nothing; only her skepticism kept her from being an atheist. -- Jean-Paul Sartre
Nuclear power generating plants have never been forced to pay for the totality of all costs
I told them we wouldn't need any subsidy if they deregulated energy while including all external costs, period. Further, i threatened to make a media circus of their exclusion of energy from deregulation.
They decided not to cut the renewable support. Not because they took may threats seriously, but because we were then just too small potatoes. At least that's my analysis.
"Life shrinks or expands in proportion to one's courage." - Ana´s Nin
You don't need dour people in grey uniforms to have a totalitarian state. When entire populations are forced to work, encouraged to get into debt, and inspired to consume, it's an odd kind of "freedom" that's being offered.
But that's exactly why renewables are unpopular. If everyone has a windmill or panels and is offered a feed-in tariff competitive with the subsidies offered to non-renewables, the effects are political as well as economic.
Distributed generation makes it impossible to Enron-ise the economy.
The people who benefit from Enron-isation don't see this as a good thing.
the effects are political as well as economic.
and thus social, the biggest kick of them all.
it should be a no-brainer that energy is being offered in mind-bogglingly copious quantities, but we insist on sucking it out of the darkest, riskiest, most complicated places, in the most cavalier of ways.
this has become the 'normal' and the daily barrage of propaganda ensures this myth's longevity.
cui bono? this cabal with its us military arm, has convinced itself (and then us) that there is no alternative.
they keep it so achievements like Jerome's are the exception rather than the rule.
Italy's papers headlined yesterday that all the world was hitting the pause button on nuclear, except Italy.
it's quite poignantly clear to me that the illusion that energy is just energy, no matter its provenance, is the chief culprit in our boundlessly ignorant complaisance to the corporate energy hegemony.
sure it runs yer espresso machine the same as it comes out the wall, but look out the window! what do you want decorating your skyline as you sip your fragrant brew, grateful to technology and ivory coast coffee beans for the convenience and luxury?
a bunch of windmills or a smoking monument to hubristic folly like in Sendai?
behold the power of propaganda to bamboozle millions into eco suicide, and look who's pushing it!
that koolaide trance, it's really something...
'The history of public debt is full of irony. It rarely follows our ideas of order and justice.' Thomas Piketty
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