Tuesday, November 5, 2013

Top Climate Scientists Say Alternative Energy Does Not Reduce Carbon, Urge Followers Back to Nuclear Power

Ah. It is as if the Fukushima I Nuke Plant accident didn't happen. Or as some people say, it was never a nuclear accident because no one died from acute radiation exposure (see the past posts, here and here).

Not that I personally think much of so-called alternative energy, but using "global warming" to push for nuclear power, isn't it getting too long in the tooth?

From Real Science blog, quoting The Guardian article (11/3/2013; emphasis in The Guardian article is mine):


Open letter to environmentalists and world leaders says wind and solar power are not enough to diminish carbon emissions

Some of the world’s top climate scientists say wind and solar energy won’t be enough to head off extreme global warming, and they’re asking environmentalists to support the development of safer nuclear power as one way to cut fossil fuel pollution.

Four scientists who have played a key role in alerting the public to the dangers of climate change sent letters Sunday to leading environmental groups and politicians around the world. The letter, an advance copy of which was given to the Associated Press, urges a crucial discussion on the role of nuclear power in fighting climate change.

The letter signers are James Hansen, a former top NASA scientist; Ken Caldeira, of the Carnegie Institution; Kerry Emanuel, of the Massachusetts Institute of Technology; and Tom Wigley, of the University of Adelaide in Australia.

Top US climate scientists support development of safe nuclear power | Environment | theguardian.com

Environmentalists are terrified of nuclear power and fossil fuels, and now their heroes tell them that their only remaining hope is also useless. Time for Kool-Aid?

Why didn’t Hansen tell Obama about this before he invested billions in useless failed green energy companies scams?

The complete list of faltering or bankrupt green-energy companies:
  1. Evergreen Solar ($25 million)*
  2. SpectraWatt ($500,000)*
  3. Solyndra ($535 million)*
  4. Beacon Power ($43 million)*
  5. Nevada Geothermal ($98.5 million)
  6. SunPower ($1.2 billion)
  7. First Solar ($1.46 billion)
  8. Babcock and Brown ($178 million)
  9. EnerDel’s subsidiary Ener1 ($118.5 million)*
  10. Amonix ($5.9 million)
  11. Fisker Automotive ($529 million)
  12. Abound Solar ($400 million)*
  13. A123 Systems ($279 million)*
  14. Willard and Kelsey Solar Group ($700,981)*
  15. Johnson Controls ($299 million)
  16. Brightsource ($1.6 billion)
  17. ECOtality ($126.2 million)
  18. Raser Technologies ($33 million)*
  19. Energy Conversion Devices ($13.3 million)*
  20. Mountain Plaza, Inc. ($2 million)*
  21. Olsen’s Crop Service and Olsen’s Mills Acquisition Company ($10 million)*
  22. Range Fuels ($80 million)*
  23. Thompson River Power ($6.5 million)*
  24. Stirling Energy Systems ($7 million)*
  25. Azure Dynamics ($5.4 million)*
  26. GreenVolts ($500,000)
  27. Vestas ($50 million)
  28. LG Chem’s subsidiary Compact Power ($151 million)
  29. Nordic Windpower ($16 million)*
  30. Navistar ($39 million)
  31. Satcon ($3 million)*
  32. Konarka Technologies Inc. ($20 million)*
  33. Mascoma Corp. ($100 million)
President Obama’s Taxpayer-Backed Green Energy Failures


LoneWolfClub said...

Hmmm.. now let me see, although I can't speak for the rest of the experts that signed that rag, it would appear that one of them is based in Adelaide in South Australia. Yes. THAT South Australia (BTW I graduated from the same University LOL) - the one that is one of the world's top exporters of uranium or whatever the hell they put into nuke plants these days. This is not news to anyone who pays attention to nuclear energy, and some of the sharper people probably realise that South Australia (and a major part of Australian business and industry) has quite a large stake in the nuke business. Yep, here in 'Straya, we're all about digging up as much crap as we can and selling off our land to anyone who's willing to pay for it (cause that's how we f##king roll! Yeah!). On a more serious note, Australia has and is pretty desperate to keep it's mining boom going for as long as possible, thus losing a considerable stake in this industry is something the government/business elite, including a sizeable contingent of the blue collar population, would not prefer. Instead of starting a campaign for I apologise for the rant, but it is sad and disheartening to watch as the growing population of 23 million people around me continue to enjoy one of the highest standards of living in a desperate attempt to 'keep up with the Joneses' and to win over the rest of the civilised world with their half-assed attempts at seeming civilised themselves just by stacking up material wealth, all at the expense of, what? how about the entire Pacific for starters?!Take note, kids, this is a classic example of politicians having a one-track mind; no one told these poor souls or the sheeple that it actually IS possible to create a green energy industry. You obviously have to work hard at it to create new major infrastructure (as anyone in the fossil fuel industry knows, all of those factories, coal plants, mines, transport railways, etc. weren't built overnight), but everyone seems content in their apathy for now, and the Melbourne Cup is coming up so yeah. There's that. F the environment and Fukushima, amirite?

Anonymous said...

The total of the amounts above is about two years worth of the subsidies that nuclear industry receives every year in Japan (excluding the cash needed to prop up Tepco).


Anonymous said...

Has anyone done any research on the emmissions from a nuclear power plants and how THAT may be the thing harming the earth's atmosphere. There was postulation about it in the late 50s by a polymath guy named Walter Russell. His book is titled Atomic Suicide. You can download it for free and read. Highly recommended, unlike the simplistic drivel of Wade Allison.

Anonymous said...

Ah, top *US* climate scientists.
In other words, especially full of shit.

Isn't it just like humans to focus on a single substance (carbon) instead of all the other fucked up shit they are dumping all over the place?

Anonymous said...

I mean, what's the point in having a periodic table of elements if they're only ever aware of one element?

Anonymous said...

All the other elements, besides, and including carbon, are making people lotsa money, so naturally they are isolated as if nothing is connected -- that's the big error.

Anonymous said...

errata: "All elements" not "All the other elements"

Anonymous said...

Long in the tooth is normally used to refer to a person not an object or event.

Gwil W said...

Great idea of those Top US Climate Scientists to promote: "development of SAFE nuclear power". Meanwhile what are we supposed to do with all the UNSAFE nuclear power?

VyseLegendaire said...

You can't expect much better from the Guardian.

SouthJerseyJoey said...

oh no ultraman, why the generic banner?

Anonymous said...

It's funny how many people really, really care about the Ultraman banner.

Anonymous said...

Godzilla was a character created to personify, or better "monstrify", the atom bobs dropped on Japan. Ultraman, at least on this blog's banner, seemed to personify the fight against Godzilla aka Nukes.

It's important that Ultraman be reinstated.

Anonymous said...

Maybe Ariva has recieved a cease and desist letter from Ultraman's lawyers??

flo said...

"Today NIRS and the Civil Society Institute released the text of a grassroots response to renowned climate scientist Dr. James Hansen and three colleagues urging them to reconsider their support for nuclear power as a climate solution. In a press release announcing the letter, the groups challenged Dr. Hansen to a debate on the issue. Today's letter was in response to an open letter to environmental groups, urging support for new nuclear reactors across the world, that the four scientists published in November. [...] You can read the letter itself, with all signers, here."

(source: Nuclear Information and Resource Service)

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