quote: A "leak" that is less radioactive than the granite used to build Grand Central Station is frightening only to the ignorant.
quote: Huh? Thermodynamics doesn't work like this. Whatever heat a black panel absorbs will heat your home just as thoroughly as the same amount of heat absorbed by a roof tile. In fact, I'd bet the lower albedo of the panel more than compensates for the 15-20% of impinging solar flux that is converted into electricity.
quote: The problem is that we don't have the ability to build a storage system capable of storing the vast amounts of energy needed to power entire cities all night long. The closest thing we can get to that is pumped hydro...but that requires a conveniently nearby hydroelectric dam, if you want to store more than a tiny amount of energy.
quote: Most of the losses of such a system aren't due to pumping or conversion inefficiencies, but simple evaporative losses from the water itself.
quote: Cabin Creek? I'm familiar with the installation. Nice technology. The only problems are that environmentalists tend to be even more rabidly against hydro than other sources, and b) if you're considering this in conjunction with solar power, the capital costs and pumping losses wind up making solar even more astronomically expensive than it already is.
quote: the Aleutian Islands of Alaska would be another killer place for a wind farm. Relatively decent weather year round (not too warm, not too cold, due to the confluence of the Arctic and the Gulf Stream)
quote: We have plenty of our own oil and Uranium to run on for the next century+.
quote: Why are people so eager to use our own oil? It would be much more advantageous for the US to use up everyone else's oil before we use our own.
quote: instead of "maybe in 50 years"
quote: No Dumbass, Schumer isn't talking about cutting those 2/3 - just the 1/3 that are enriching China's economy rather than ours - WITH OUR OWN EFFING TAX DOLLARS
quote: Nuclear's problem isn't a lack of subsidies.
quote: 30 new reactors have been applied for just in the last four years alone
quote: interest costs on hundreds of millions of dollars of capital tied up and not generating electricity can be devastating.
quote: the "risks" I'm referring to are the understandably anticipated schedule delays and cost overruns during construction
quote: We both know nuclear environmental protests in the 70’s we ubiquitous at the time. But your link also sites cost overruns, political climate, and lower estimates in demand.
quote: Furthermore, since China has by far the world's largest growth rate in carbon emissions, you'll have a hard time convincing anyone they're investing in nuclear simply because of a desire to 'go green'.
quote: and hardly a blanket condemnation of nuclear power
quote: Again: So, I'll take the unpopular view that we should build dozens of nuclear plants...and they need to be subsidized.
quote: At 5% discount rate [for financing costs] nuclear, coal and gas costs are as shown above and wind is around 8 cents. Nuclear costs were highest by far in Japan. Nuclear is comfortably cheaper than coal in seven of ten countries, and cheaper than gas in all but one. At 10% discount rate nuclear ranged 3-5 cents/kWh (except Japan: near 7 cents, and Netherlands), and capital becomes 70% of power cost, instead of the 50% with 5% discount rate. Here, nuclear is again cheaper than coal in eight of twelve countries, and cheaper than gas in all but two. Among the technologies analysed for the report, the new EPR if built in Germany would deliver power at about 2.38 c/kWh - the lowest cost of any plant in the study.
quote: They fear that prime wind conditions in the Midwest, combined with government subsidies may make wind power cheaper than coal power.
quote: They point to the 85,000 jobs the wind industry has created in the U.S.
quote: ...penalize wind power producers for lulls in generation with fines and by forcing them to pay part of the costs of backup natural gas generators.
quote: especially with government subsidies