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Power, fear, and carbon in Japan: the Iron Rule of Power Generation II

December 19, 2013
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Power, fear, and carbon in Japan: the Iron Rule of Power Generation II

On March 11 2011, a 14-meter-high tsunami, triggered by an earthquake of unimaginable power, smashed the northeast coast of Japan. The tsunami killed about 20,000 people pretty much immediately. Watch any video of this catastrophe and you will see why. The wave also knocked out the backup power to a nuclear plant. As a result,…

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Germany and the Iron Rule of Power Generation: when nuclear goes down, carbon goes up

December 17, 2013
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Germany and the Iron Rule of Power Generation: when nuclear goes down, carbon goes up

In electric power generation in developed countries, when one form of steady, large-scale, reliable generation comes out of the system, another with the same attributes must go in to replace it. If the first form steadily puts, say, 1,000 megawatts into the grid, hour after hour, day after day, then the form that replaces it…

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Fukushima, after a thousand days: radiation-related deaths still equal the number of vampires walking the earth

December 5, 2013
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Fukushima, after a thousand days: radiation-related deaths still equal the number of vampires walking the earth

The Fukushima meltdowns occurred 1,136 days ago. As I and others predicted on the day-of and in the anxious-headline-filled days immediately following, nobody has died because of radiological releases from the wrecked reactors. Nobody has died because of radiological releases from the spent fuel pools. This fact may seem odd, what with the tons of…

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Ontario grid expansion, 1960s: why developing countries will decarbonize electricity using nuclear energy

November 28, 2013
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The developing world, i.e. the world outside Europe, North America, and Russia, is now responsible for nearly three-quarters of the anthropogenic carbon dioxide (CO2) going into the earth’s atmosphere. The central question for climate change policy is: how can this group of countries, which is much larger and more populous than the developed world, continue…

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Germany, electricity, and the IPCC report: a dire example of what road to NOT take

October 4, 2013
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German electric power generators produced less electricity in May 2013 than in May 2012, yet produced more of it using combustible fuels like coal, natural gas, and oil. Here is a report to that effect from the International Energy Agency (IEA): German electricity by fuel, billion kWh May-13   May-12       % change…

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Item 1: if Ontario did not have its nuclear generating fleet, last hour’s CO2 emissions would have been AT LEAST:

5,462 metric tons, and the CIPK would have been 372.7 grams

Item 2: Since prorogation of the Ontario legislature on October 15, 2012, provincial gas-fired generating plants have dumped this much CO2 into our air:

14,388,128 metric tons. This is a running total. Every hour, the total increases by the amount of Gas CO2 given in Table 1.

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