Category Archives: nuclear power

One possible way to do small, modular nuclear power

Featured in Science Magazine today, NuScale Power, a spinout from Oregon State University, is planning simpler, smaller, safer gang-lashable nuclear reactors, with a trial in the early 2020s. A schematic is shown below. As I’ve noted here elsewhere, the reason … Continue reading

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Gov Jerry Brown on Meet the Press, a parting comment on 2018 at Bill Gates’ Notes, and the best climate blog post of 2018

Segment One Outgoing Governor Jerry Brown of California on NBC’s Meet the Press this morning: I’ll miss him there, but I don’t think Gov Jerry is going anywhere soon. Segment Two Bill Gates Notes offered an end of year summary … Continue reading

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Negative Nuclear Power

This post was originally a little too concise. (I posted it from my Google Pixel 2.) The referenced papers are Grubler (2010), Boccard (2014), and Escobar-Rangel and Lévêque, as well as a slide presentation by them. In addition, there is … Continue reading

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Life cycle analysis of emissions from various forms of energy converted to electricity

There was a recent discussion regarding the life cycle analysis of various forms of energy, principally to be converted to electricity. Given that everything I know about sustainability and life cycle analysis suggests is it is a very complicated business, … Continue reading

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Wind and Solar are Cheaper than Fossil Fuels and Nuclear Right Now

… and that’s based upon levelized cost of energy, without subsidies! See a summary of Lazard’s report, the key chart below: (Click on image to see a larger version. Click on your browser’s Back button to return to blog.) the … Continue reading

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“Resistence is futile”: Central generation of electrical power is dead, and faster than anyone thinks

If you hold shares in fossil fuel industries, whether coal, oil, or natural gas, or traditional car manufacturers, get out now! And, if Lancaster, CA, is any indication of a trend, a “McMansion” will lose its value because it is … Continue reading

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Codium fragile, for Saturday, 17th January 2015

With today’s post, I’m beginning a new tradition at 667 per cm, posting a potpourri of short observations collected during the week, not necessarily having dense citations to work which inspired them. (Although if interested, please do ask and I’ll … Continue reading

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Exciting if improbable news

There’s a report in the Financial Times today that UN negotiators are considering a proposal to phase out oil, coal, and gas by 2050. There’s a second permitting fossil fuels to be used, but only in countries which ensured “net … Continue reading

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IPCC WG3 overview video, and Synthesis Report news conference

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Emission reductions since 1990

It is popular to gage progress towards greenhouse gas emissions reductions by how much they have been reduced since 1990. This is done by the federal government, and it is done by the Commonwealth of Massachusetts. It is the wrong … Continue reading

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“To stay below 2 °C of warming, the world must become carbon negative.”

Originally posted on Azimuth:
guest post by Steve Easterbrook (7) To stay below 2 °C of warming, the world must become carbon negative. Only one of the four future scenarios (RCP2.6) shows us staying below the UN’s commitment to no…

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A comment on RealClimate’s review of Part 3 of the AR5 IPCC Report, regarding “Mitigation of Climate Change”

(Corrected text below thanks to Jim Stuttard. Also added a postscript.) The review at RealClimate is quite good, and I recommend it. Nothing to add here. But I simply must quote from and underscore my agreement with the sentiment of … Continue reading

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“United States anthracite.”

So-called environmentalist Representative Matt Cartwright (Democrat of Pennsylvania) argues shipping coal from Pennsylvania to Germany to power a station near a United States Air Force base is not ideal from an environmental standpoint, but “This is something that was instituted … Continue reading

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Kevin Anderson – The emissions case for a radical plan

Dr Kevin Anderson is among my favorite climate science, climate policy sources, because he understands both the demand Nature is placing upon us for adaptation, and is ruthlessly true to pursuing policy options that will work rather than ones which may … Continue reading

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Secretary of State Kerry on Climate

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