Clean Energy and plenty of it

April 22, 2009 by
Filed under: energy, Environment, Nuclear Power 

Here is my special Lenin’s Birthday post.

If you want clean, “Carbon Neutral” electrical energy, and plenty of it, to power enough electric & plug in hybrid vehicles to tell the House of Saud they can drink their oil, then you need to follow the advice of Dr. Pournelle.

I have to say it again: cheap energy will cause a boom. The only cheap energy I know of is nuclear. Three Hundred Billion bucks in nuclear power will do wonders for the economy. We build 100 1000 MegaWatt nuclear power plants — they will cost no more than 2 billion each and my guess is that the average cost will be closer to 1 billion each (that is the first one costs about 20 billion and the 100th costs about 800 million). The rest of the money goes to prizes and X projects to convert electricity into mobility.

Greenpeace founder Patrick Moore thinks it is the ecologically sound thing to do.

I am not alone among seasoned environmental activists in changing my mind on this subject. British atmospheric scientist James Lovelock, father of the Gaia theory, believes that nuclear energy is the only way to avoid catastrophic climate change. Stewart Brand, founder of the “Whole Earth Catalog,” says the environmental movement must embrace nuclear energy to wean ourselves from fossil fuels. On occasion, such opinions have been met with excommunication from the anti-nuclear priesthood: The late British Bishop Hugh Montefiore, founder and director of Friends of the Earth, was forced to resign from the group’s board after he wrote a pro-nuclear article in a church newsletter.

Over the past 20 years, one of the simplest tools — the machete — has been used to kill more than a million people in Africa, far more than were killed in the Hiroshima and Nagasaki nuclear bombings combined. What are car bombs made of? Diesel oil, fertilizer and cars. If we banned everything that can be used to kill people, we would never have harnessed fire.

the 103 nuclear plants operating in the United States effectively avoid the release of 700 million tons of CO2emissions annually — the equivalent of the exhaust from more than 100 million automobiles. Imagine if the ratio of coal to nuclear were reversed so that only 20 percent of our electricity was generated from coal and 60 percent from nuclear. This would go a long way toward cleaning the air and reducing greenhouse gas emissions. Every responsible environmentalist should support a move in that direction.

Supporting the use of Nuclear Power in the United States is the Green thing to do.

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6 Comments on Clean Energy and plenty of it

  1. Special Earth Day Video « Urbin Report on Wed, 22nd Apr 2009 21:45
  2. [...] Find out why Greenpeace founder Patrick Moore thinks the Nuclear Energy is the ecologically sound th…. [...]

    [...] electrical power The American Thinker reports that our Dear Leader is planning on killing any new Nuclear Power Plants by cutting funding for storage of what should be reusable [...]

  3. The Wisdom of Dr. Pournelle : Urbin Report on Mon, 9th Nov 2009 10:05
  4. [...] The Wisdom of Dr. Pournelle November 8, 2009 by Mark UrbinFiled under: Our Dear Leader, Politics, economy  I’ve posted very insightful comments by Dr. Jerry Pournelle before. [...]

    [...] we should be doing in the US.  As Dr. Pournelle pointed out: I have to say it again: cheap energy will cause a boom. The only cheap energy I know of is [...]

  5. Good advice from Dr. Pournelle : Urbin Report on Tue, 22nd Feb 2011 09:10
  6. [...] Cheap energy is good for the economy. The 90′s economy was floated on cheap oil (around $20-$25 a barrel), and a new economic boom could be floated on cheap electricity. The trick is that you need much more than solar & wind can produce. For that you have to go nuclear. [...]

  7. Happy Lenin’s Birthday! : Urbin Report on Mon, 22nd Apr 2013 07:49
  8. [...] Remember kids, there is way to get  Clean Energy and plenty of it [...]

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