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The reasonable thing is to create a stable framework and let wind and nuclear duke it out. May the best one capture the most market share. Abolish all subsidies, guaranteed rates etc etc, and just introduce a high tax on carbon dioxide emissions.

If this is not enough, supply the state-owned power company with sovereign credit, and it will be enough.

Further, I disagree with Jerome's argument that the Germans might be reasonable to shut down their nukes. This is not so. It might (or might not) be reasonable for the Germans not to build new nukes, but prematurely closing current ones is folly, as they are veritable printing presses now that the loans are paid down. The old Swedish nukes produce electricity at less than 1 eurocent per kWh now that the loans are paid back. The same should be true in Germany.

Peak oil is not an energy crisis. It is a liquid fuel crisis.

by Starvid on Wed Jul 18th, 2012 at 03:32:30 PM EST

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