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Nuclear power can provide the reliable clean energy essential to our future

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It has been about two months that most of us have been staying home to help flatten the curve of the COVID 19 pandemic.  While it may seem difficult, we keep telling our kids how lucky we are to have incomes as we work from home to limit our health risk.  There are many who are struggling to meet their expenses having lost their jobs and are extremely stressed about what their future may hold.  We also have to appreciate those who continue to go to their workplace, to help us stay fed and have what we need to survive, often for very little pay while they are at increased risk of becoming sick.  And most of all, we need to acknowledge the challenges faced by our health care workers who are working so hard to try and help those who are suffering most from this illness.

Just try to imagine what would it be like to be at home if we couldn’t count on the very basics such as staying warm or keeping our food fresh and having the means to cook it.  What would we do without the internet and our mobile phones that keep us connected to the outside world and enable us to do our work? These things we need to maintain our health, be fed, work at home and stay safe, all depend upon access to reliable cost-effective energy.

 

Yes, some will point out the oil market has crashed, and energy demand has dropped the largest amount since the second world war.  But what we need to understand is that while demand is down as our economies have ground to a halt, our reliance on energy has never been greater.  Without access to reliable economic energy, suffering would increase.  Energy not only allows us to live, it enables us to thrive.

Many of you will have watched Michael Moore’s latest film “Planet of the Humans”.  We will not review it here as there are numerous articles and videos out there to explain why it is both right and completely wrong in its assessment of the environmental movement.  And while some may find it fun to watch progressives take on their own set of beliefs; what is really important is the recognition that intermittent renewables, wind and solar energy, cannot solve our climate crisis on their own.  We talked about this last year when the International Energy Agency (IEA), issued it report “Nuclear Power in a Clean Energy System” that clearly stated “despite the impressive growth of solar and wind power, the world’s overall share of clean energy sources in total electricity supply in 2018, at 36%, was the same as it was 20 years earlier” after spending billions of dollars to increase their use.

Unfortunately, the movie seems to say there is no solution.  It takes the anti-capitalistic view that continued growth is simply unsustainable suggesting the only way to reduce the burden on the planet is to reduce both population and our consumeristic approach to life, so that we all must learn to live happily with less.  These folks look to how much the environment has improved during this pandemic as we stay at home as an example of what is possible.

However, it should come as no surprise that if we sit home doing nothing, then the air will be cleaner, but at a what cost?  While this may be able to be sustained for some time to help solve an urgent crisis if we all work together, it cannot be the way of the future as millions are out of work with no way to support their families’ basic needs.  And to suggest this is a viable path is an insult to the more than one billion people on the planet that have no ready access to energy and who are suffering from the most difficult of human conditions, extreme poverty.

In fact, we know the best way to limit global population is to create wealth.  World Bank data clearly shows that population growth is lowest in wealthier countries.  The least developed countries have a growth rate of 2.4% (2018 data), while the richest are much lower with the US at 0.6%, the EU at 0.2%, and Japan not even replacing its population at -0.2% growth.  The answer is not reducing our reliance on energy but rather ensuring that everyone has access to clean affordable energy.

We have this energy source available to us today, nuclear power.  It was completely overlooked in Planet of the Humans (by design), yet it can provide the world with an almost unlimited amount of low carbon, economic and most of all, extremely reliable energy.  The movie was right.  Renewables cannot be counted on to solve this problem alone, but together with nuclear power, there is a future that meets all our needs.  We see this in Ontario, Canada.  Today is a typical work day during the pandemic  and our electricity is being generated almost completely from nuclear and renewables (hydro, wind and solar), supplemented with a small amount of gas generation so that we are emitting an extremely low 16 g/kWh of carbon, essentially nothing.

Ontario Canada Electricity Generation May 12 (1-2 PM) – Gridwatch.ca

So, if the environmental movement can critically review its commitment to renewables and realize that maybe they can’t do it all; then could they also be wrong about nuclear power?  A critical look with an open mind may actually surprise them.  Of course, for those that want to believe that going back to simpler times is the only path, having abundant clean energy is not desirable.   But these are also the people who are sitting in their comfortable homes, with ample energy, so they can use the internet to do interviews, talk on the phone, and make movies.

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24 Comments on "Nuclear power can provide the reliable clean energy essential to our future"

  1. dissident on Thu, 14th May 2020 7:12 pm 

    You can thank Carter for messing up the US nuclear industry. Rose tinted glass wearers are some of the most dangerous people on Earth.

  2. Kevin Cobley on Thu, 14th May 2020 9:34 pm 

    Nuclear Power ain’t ever coming back.

  3. Abraham van Helsing on Thu, 14th May 2020 10:09 pm 

    “what is really important is the recognition that intermittent renewables, wind and solar energy, cannot solve our climate crisis on their own.”

    Lie, it can if seasonal storage is in place, i.e. power-to-gas.

    The requirements for a country like Germany to go 100% renewable at current levels are:

    https://deepresource.wordpress.com/2017/09/16/blueprint-100-renewable-energy-base-for-germany/

    252 GWp solar pv
    65 GWp solar thermal
    200 GWp wind onshore
    85 GWp offshore

    Ca. 41% seasonal chemical storage. This model assume hydrogen > methane. Other configurations are possible. A lot of heat pumps rather than gas burners. Better thermal isolation.

    A daunting task for sure, but doable. Corona even helps as it lowers energy demands and frustrates economic growth. The EU will meet its task with flying colors in 2020.

    “The answer is not reducing our reliance on energy but rather ensuring that everyone has access to clean affordable energy.”

    No sane person would ever let an African anywhere near operating a nuclear power station. They can hardly be expected to be able to mount a solar panel on the roof of their mud hut.

    Finally this BS article is silent about peak uranium.

    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Uranium#Resources_and_reserves

    “The ultimate available supply is believed to be sufficient for at least the next 85 years,“

    Note, 85 years at current consumption, i.e. 10% global electricity. An increase to 20% would make that 42 years, 30% 28 years, etc.

    There are complex work-arounds like…

    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Nuclear_reprocessing

    …but again, don’t ever let Africans handle plutonium. In fact nobody should touch this doomsday technology and have the nerve to call this “clean energy”.

    The only responsible way forward is wind, solar, hydrogen and using much less energy and lead local lives. Stop mass flying, avoid private car ownership and use autonomous driving taxis instead, work online from a local office via the cloud. That will work, both in the developed world as in the third world.

  4. Abraham van Helsing on Thu, 14th May 2020 10:20 pm 

    P.S. there is a potential wild card towards infinite clean energy and that is fusion, the base energy of the universe. Perhaps it will work in 100 years, but for now it is too late. The world minus Donnie has committed itself to phase out fossil fuel and that is a PR victory for renewables nobody can beat.

    Currently solar and wind are the cheapest means to produce an (admittedly intermittent) kWh. The entire developed world is working on storage solutions and many promising leads exist. In my eyes the most promising are:

    High-temperature electrolysis:

    https://deepresource.wordpress.com/2020/04/23/multiplhy-multi-mw-high-temperature-electrolyser/

    Borohydride:

    https://deepresource.wordpress.com/2020/02/15/h2fuel/

  5. Cloggie on Fri, 15th May 2020 3:50 am 

    Good news for America Inc.: large lithium find in Nevada, rather close to Elon Musk’s Giga Battery factory. No more need for South-American or Australian lithium:

    https://deepresource.wordpress.com/2020/05/15/nevada-lithium-valley/

  6. Richard Guenette on Fri, 15th May 2020 9:30 am 

    Our world is finite and economic growth cannot continue. We have reached our limits.

  7. Richard Guenette on Fri, 15th May 2020 1:42 pm 

    We don’t need robots in our workplace (they are flawed and are vulnerable to hazardous things like radiation).

  8. DT on Fri, 15th May 2020 2:10 pm 

    If it is from industrial civilization and comes with the label proclaiming Clean Green Renewable Sustainable and cute as kittens it must be true.

  9. Richard Guenette on Fri, 15th May 2020 2:11 pm 

    DT, was that sarcasm?

  10. Richard Guenette on Fri, 15th May 2020 2:14 pm 

    How is it possible to properly run nuclear power plants when there is incompetence and mismanagement at the top and somewhere in the middle? Common sense doesn’t require a license or a certificate (diploma etc.)

  11. I AM THE MOB on Fri, 15th May 2020 3:34 pm 

    Clogg

    Time to give up bud. Obviously peak oil has arrived. just like I tried to warn everyone for the last few years. Nearly everyone including goldman and IEA warned a massive oil shortage was coming around 2020.

    Now world leaders and elites are PANICKING AND DESTROYING the global economy to slow down oil demand.

    But this smoke and mirrors can only go on for a little longer. And then the real lockdown comes.

    A NWO IS NEARLY HERE!

  12. SocialRevolutionComing on Fri, 15th May 2020 3:58 pm 

    There will no new world order. The energy (Joule) is not there. The safest place to be, now, are nations that are warm all year long where you can grow food all year long: Africa, South-America, South-East Asia.

    I call this guy the representative of the globalist:Bill Gate, Soros, Rockefeller and so on.

    Here he is the puppet master:
    Klaus Schwab – Founder and Executive Chairman

    https://www.weforum.org/about/leadership-and-governance

    Go read http://www.weforum.org It has been created by lunatic people with GOD like complex. They want to feed up insect based on you DNA and all kind of crazy shit.

    Have a look at it. Comme on dit en Francais, ca ve te faire chier de peur.

  13. DT on Fri, 15th May 2020 3:59 pm 

    Richard, “DT, was that sarcasm?” You catch on quick Richard.

  14. Gaia on Fri, 15th May 2020 4:03 pm 

    It is what it is. YOLO.

  15. Richard Guenette on Fri, 15th May 2020 4:37 pm 

    Nuclear power is going the way of the Dodo.

  16. Richard Guenette on Fri, 15th May 2020 4:46 pm 

    We need to think and act local. To change the economy, it starts within the community. Instead of consumerism and materialism, bartering and DIY can work. Instead of cutting down trees to create more farmland, use large scale community gardens (to grow food in moderation). Build more parks and other greenspaces.

  17. Richard Guenette on Fri, 15th May 2020 4:46 pm 

    Reduce waste and conserve energy in the West.

  18. SocialRevolutionComing on Fri, 15th May 2020 4:52 pm 

    Another I want to add to complete my comment above regarding World Economical Forum, as know as the Davos crowd.

    Go to this WEF web site https://www.weforum.org/.

    Look at how staff they have and how professional the website is.

    Do you think that Klaus Schwab build all this with his own money. He gets his money from the globalist like Gate, Soros, Rockfelly, …

    WHO and UN are just tool the globalist to use to push their own agenda. Africans nations are stating to wake up.

  19. Abraham van Helsing on Fri, 15th May 2020 5:07 pm 

    “Obviously peak oil has arrived. just like I tried to warn everyone for the last few years. Nearly everyone including goldman and IEA warned a massive oil shortage was coming around 2020.
    Now world leaders and elites are PANICKING AND DESTROYING the global economy to slow down oil demand.
    But this smoke and mirrors can only go on for a little longer. And then the real lockdown comes.
    A NWO IS NEARLY HERE!“

    Peak oil and NWO (Global Zion) are mutually exclusive.

    Sorry, no cigar.

  20. DT on Fri, 15th May 2020 5:08 pm 

    Lots of people across the world are waking up to the empty promises of renewable, green, new and improved industrial civilization. AKA windmills, solar PV biomass, next generation save the planet thorium nukes.

  21. I AM THE MOB on Sat, 16th May 2020 4:33 pm 

    The virus is a cover

    The world is running out of oil. So that means its WW3 final match! Winner take all

    Sorry, Asia.

    HIT THEM HARD WITH EVERYTHING!

    LIVE FREE OR DIE!

  22. doug nicodemus on Sat, 16th May 2020 5:30 pm 

    nuclear energy is not carbon neutral…it takes much more carbon to build one then the energy you will get out of…all that carbon and steel and all the heavy shit…nor is it safe to operate…it is a system that is always on edge…if the least little thing goes wrong…BOOM…

  23. I AM THE MOB on Sat, 16th May 2020 6:38 pm 

    Obama says the virus has ‘torn back the curtain’ on US leadership

    https://www.usnews.com/news/national-news/articles/2020-05-16/obama-criticizes-trump-administrations-coronavirus-response\

  24. DT on Sun, 17th May 2020 10:46 am 

    Reliable clean energy from nuclear. All of the people effected by Fukushima, Chernobyl, Three Mile Island and the Hanford site might disagree. But no worries humans will get the nukes right soon I am real sure of that. Especially the issue of disposal, all we have to do is dig a deep hole in the ground……….

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