"Many others": very ex-presidential Tym
I said that because the same article is all over the place. I just took a string of text from it, Googled it, and it appeared 201 times. And there are other articles on the same subject.
mudshark wrote:After the big Texas freeze we decided to fork out US$20K and purchase solar panels. The house is now completely 'energy neutral'. In fact, I'm producing more than what I'm using and the power company is paying me for that overage. If they'd start putting panels on all the new buildings (and 23 billion would cover a helluva lot of those) it's not going to solve all the problems but it would greatly reduce the rate of pollution from gas and coal-fueled power plants which would simply have to produce a lot less energy. Maybe I'm naive but I think that's a much better way forward than nuclear energy. I admit I don't know enough about it and I can't read those Economist articles without falling asleep. Going Atomic just scares me.
You're not being naive, you're just not listening!!
I've said several times that solar etc. are the future but also pointed out that, with current technology, they can't replace coal. We need to use as many renewable energy sources as possible right now and to improve them as fast as we can, but in the meantime, we also need either coal or nuclear. It's a binary choice. We either use fossil fuels that will soon run out and, in the meantime, cause climate change, lower quality of life and lower life expectancy or nuclear with the risk of catastrophic accidents and the problem of storing spent fuel. The data suggests that the latter is not as bad as the former, but it is, of course, arguable.
mudshark wrote:Rorschach mentioned that the closing of the nuclear facilities in Germany is a disaster. I disagree. It's a start and it will not be easy to overcome all problems, but they'll get there. Always have, always will. In Eastern Germany they have been using that very dirty brown coal for decades. The nuclear energy that was available hasn't changed that.
A start in what? Instead of nuclear they're burning more coal. They never had a nuclear accident but now they're reducing length and quality of life and increasing greenhouse gas emissions. Now, if they'd banned this brown coal you mentioned, that would have been a start.