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Archive: October 25, 2009 - October 31, 2009

Projections are very realistic

How realistic are the projections for an increase in nuclear power plants in the coming decades and what can the U.S. learn from the experience Europe has had with nuclear power? In sum, very realistic. Our experience in the UK...

By Nigel Sheinwald | October 29, 2009; 10:31 AM ET | Comments (3)

Not for avoiding dangerous climate change

Nuclear power can play some role in America's sustainable energy future in the long run, but don't count on it to slow climate change. Science is increasingly clear that global greenhouse gas emissions must peak within the next two decades...

By Donald F. Boesch | October 29, 2009; 8:36 AM ET | Comments (6)

Avoid subsidies as incentive

The promise of nuclear energy is like the horizon, it recedes as it is approached. Proposals to move rapidly from fossil energy for electric power generation to low and no carbon power are predicated on a resurgence of the nuclear...

By William O'Keefe | October 28, 2009; 7:55 AM ET | Comments (2)

How much change is possible?

Nuclear energy has played a big role in France. But what has been achieved? Starting 40 years ago in the late 1960s, France pursued some very major energy and energy-related policy initiatives. If emissions reduction had been the goal in...

By David Hone | October 27, 2009; 2:58 PM ET | Comments (10)

Real potential, real uncertainty

From a technical perspective, it is clear that nuclear power can play a substantial role in meeting climate objectives. Our studies indicate that, given strong political support, nuclear power could grow globally by up to 70 percent by 2030. In...

By Lars G. Josefsson | October 27, 2009; 10:24 AM ET | Comments (0)

Scientifically sound, but still problematic

Offsets are scientifically sound, but insufficient to the fundamental change needed. The science behind the offset concept is straightforward and easy to understand. There is only one atmosphere; all emissions, when accurately measured in greenhouse gas equivalents, have equal impact....

By David F. Hales | October 26, 2009; 1:12 PM ET | Comments (0)

Validate and verify

Last week, presidents of the 18 prominent American scientific societies wrote Senators a letter making it clear climate change is occurring and that greenhouse gases emitted by human activities are the primary cause. They noted the strong evidence that ongoing...

By Donald F. Boesch | October 26, 2009; 8:32 AM ET | Comments (0)

Each approach has its own challenges

In theory, it makes sense for policymakers to consider letting industries offset their emissions through means like conserving tropical forests, or capturing methane. Methane is the second-biggest culprit in terms of greenhouse gases, and because it is a much shorter-lived gas...

By Bjorn Lomborg | October 26, 2009; 8:06 AM ET | Comments (0)

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