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PostPosted: Thu Oct 09, 2008 4:39 am    Post subject: Rocky Mountain Institute on Nuclear power Reply with quote

I've just received the following which contains some interesting figures about the efficacy of Nuclear Power (my emphasis)

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RMI e-lert

Dear Ken,

The issues of renewable energy and energy independence have taken center stage in both media and political conversations lately, but the means of achieving various energy goals have proven to be rather controversial. Proposed options dominating news headlines include clean coal, nuclear energy, and offshore drilling. Is there an energy path that we can all agree upon?

The answer is yes, and this morning Rocky Mountain Institute and Chief Scientist Amory Lovins were featured in a New York Times blog in response to last night's Presidential Debate. Energy efficiency, a solution at the core of RMI's work, was discussed as a viable and economically profitable resolution to both energy and economy issues. New York Times writer Kate Galbraith points out that RMI and Amory Lovins have consistently advocated the benefits of a soft-path approach to energy, with efficiency at it's core. You can read the article here.

When it comes to nuclear power specifically, every dollar invested in new US nuclear electricity will save approximately 2-11 times less carbon, and will do so roughly 20-40 times slower, than investing in the same dollar in energy efficiency and "micropower" (cogeneration plus renewables minus big hydro dams). Buying new nuclear capacity instead of efficiency causes more carbon to be released than spending the same money on new coal plants!

These conclusions and the empirical evidence supporting them are summarized in "Forget Nuclear," and fully documented in "The Nuclear Illusion," available for download here, which is to be published in early 2009 by the Royal Swedish Academy of Sciences' journal Ambio.

Hopefully our vision will help put these widely publicized issues into perspective and move us all toward a better understanding that takes us beyond politically divisive issues to collective and viable solutions.
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Some of the links in the original email are below

You can read the article here http://www.rmi.org/sitepages/pid51.php

These conclusions and the empirical evidence supporting them are summarized in "Forget Nuclear," here http://www.rmi.org/sitepages/pid467.php

fully documented in "The Nuclear Illusion," http://www.rmi.org/images/PDFs/Energy/E08-01_AmbioNucIllusion.pdf

(Edit) I've sent a copy to my MP.
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PostPosted: Thu Oct 09, 2008 5:29 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Just received an email from my MP saying he gets the RMI emails as well.

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I get the same stuff from RMI. What they don't provide is the answer to the question "Without nuclear will the lights go out?" A bit of a simplistic point I grant you but I am really shocked to hear how knackered our power infrastructure is. We do want local power networks to be developed, such as you describe.


I wonder how many other MPs are in the dark?
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PostPosted: Thu Oct 09, 2008 8:52 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Does Richard Benyon get peak oil yet then Ken?


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PostPosted: Thu Oct 09, 2008 10:20 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

kenneal wrote:
Just received an email from my MP saying he gets the RMI emails as well.

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I get the same stuff from RMI. What they don't provide is the answer to the question "Without nuclear will the lights go out?" A bit of a simplistic point I grant you but I am really shocked to hear how knackered our power infrastructure is. We do want local power networks to be developed, such as you describe.


I wonder how many other MPs are in the dark?

I like his turn of phrase Very Happy
But I think the USA has a lot more potential for "efficiency gains" than we have. Cardboard houses, 10-mile drives to the nearest food, SUVs etc...
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PostPosted: Fri Oct 10, 2008 12:37 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Neily at the peak wrote:
Does Richard Benyon get peak oil yet then Ken?


Neil


Yes, very much so. He got it over a year ago. I don't think he has got his head around permanent negative growth fully yet, though. I have yet to push him on the Climate Change Committee's thoughts on 80% carbon reduction and the implications for negative growth.
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PostPosted: Fri Oct 10, 2008 9:33 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

I must speak with my Best man soon, he managed the home farm at Englefield for Richard for a few years. I don't know whether he is still in touch with him or not but there could be an interesting conversation to have there. Is he in with Cameron and crew? Do you think he is likely to form part of a conservative administration?


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PostPosted: Tue Oct 28, 2008 5:35 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Neily at the peak wrote:
I must speak with my Best man soon, he managed the home farm at Englefield for Richard for a few years. I don't know whether he is still in touch with him or not but there could be an interesting conversation to have there. Is he in with Cameron and crew? Do you think he is likely to form part of a conservative administration?


Neil


Sorry Neil. I didn't get a notification of your reply to this thread.

Richard is quite well in with DC and Co, their constituencies abut each other apart from anything else. A mutual friend tells me that he doesn't think Richard is particularly interested in high office.
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PostPosted: Wed Apr 08, 2009 10:17 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

RenewableCandy wrote:

I like his turn of phrase Very Happy
But I think the USA has a lot more potential for "efficiency gains" than we have. Cardboard houses, 10-mile drives to the nearest food, SUVs etc...


Pah. They drive along the street in huge SUVs to the recycle bins.
Not joking.
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PostPosted: Thu Apr 09, 2009 2:32 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

kenneal wrote:
A mutual friend tells me that he doesn't think Richard is particularly interested in high office.


That friend got that wrong. Richard Benyon is now a shadow minister for Agriculture with responsibility for fishing.
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PostPosted: Thu Apr 09, 2009 10:15 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

fifthcolumn wrote:
RenewableCandy wrote:

I like his turn of phrase Very Happy
But I think the USA has a lot more potential for "efficiency gains" than we have. Cardboard houses, 10-mile drives to the nearest food, SUVs etc...


Pah. They drive along the street in huge SUVs to the recycle bins.
Not joking.
"You know you're getting a little overweight when you start to notice stretch-marks on your car..."
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