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Nuclear power is only solution to climate change

 
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Aurora



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PostPosted: Thu May 03, 2012 10:40 pm    Post subject: Nuclear power is only solution to climate change Reply with quote

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The Guardian - 03/05/12

Earth Institute director says urgency of problem and immaturity of renewable energy industry leave little option but nuclear.

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PostPosted: Fri May 04, 2012 9:46 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Bollocks.
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PostPosted: Fri May 04, 2012 10:43 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

"Peoples of the Earth go green, you have nothing to lose but your mobile phones, package holidays, SUVs, iPads....." (etc.) Wink
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PostPosted: Fri May 04, 2012 11:32 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Sounds good.
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PostPosted: Fri May 04, 2012 1:32 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Here in Cambridge is a hotbed of liberal greenery.

I am almost certain that the average Green voter will have twice the carbon footprint of the average labour voter, and slightly more than the average Tory voter.

(Tory voters come into 2 flavours - those who don't care about carbon footprints but have few resources to burn, and a much smaller number that do care about carbon footprints, and make a point of having as large a footprint as they can afford)

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PostPosted: Fri May 04, 2012 1:58 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Jonathon Poritt looks at the costs of nuclear and works out why new nukes will not be built: http://www.guardian.co.uk/environment/blog/2012/may/04/expense-nuclear-power-energy-coalition
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PostPosted: Fri May 04, 2012 2:07 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

RalphW wrote:
I am almost certain that the average Green voter will have twice the carbon footprint of the average labour voter, and slightly more than the average Tory voter.

Yep, that's what the research indicates -- although if you want the real nail in the coffin of "green" then see Towards Sustainable Household Consumption: Do Green Households have Smaller Ecological Footprints?, Erling Holden, University of Oslo, International Journal of Sustainable Development, vol.7 no.1 p44-58, 2004. I reviewed it in an old Ecolonomics post, and quoted the conclusions --
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We find that for three of the four factors that significantly affect consumption and the ecological footprint, the green households had problematic values as far as the environmental consequences of consumption were concerned. On average, green households live in larger houses than ordinary households. Green households also tend to have a private car at their disposal, and they earn more money than those in ordinary households... We found no indication that green households seek conditions such as small houses, avoiding car occupancy and having low income. Rather the opposite seems to be the case. We must therefore conclude that green households are no greener than ordinary households.... Being green simply doesn't seem to matter (my emphasis).
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