You know, it's really, really irritating to read these comments when talking about a nuclear accident. Fine, we all agree we live in a civilization that requires massive amounts of energy. However, can we all just agree that nuclear accidents are dirty and dangerous?
Chernobyl is in the Ukraine. Many Ukrainians were, shall we say, not entirely loyal to their Soviet oppressors.
Well, the first half of your statement is correct, probably because it is supported by facts, unlike the second half of the statement. Too bad that you claim to believe in science.
That Datsun B-210 I used to drive didn't have airbags. Coulda killed somebody. People are probably still driving them and dying in them.
Therefore, nobody should drive a Prius.
If it ain't 100% perfect, its terrible!
Energy Source Death Rate (deaths per TWh)
Coal – world average 161 (26% of world energy, 50% of electricity)
Coal – China 278
Coal – USA 15
Oil 36 (36% of world energy)
Natural Gas 4 (21% of world energy)
Solar (rooftop) 0.44 (less than 0.1% of world energy)
Wind 0.15 (less than 1% of world energy)
Hydro 0.10 (europe death rate, 2.2% of world energy)
Hydro - world including Banqiao) 1.4 (about 2500 TWh/yr and 171,000 Banqiao dead)
Nuclear 0.04 (5.9% of world energy)
I still don't understand why anyone thinks that problems with this 40-year old reactor design
Steam-powered ships used to ply our waters and blow up regularly, actually KILLING hundreds of people
If we could expand the renewable share of energy by 59% YoY constantly it would take over a decade to get to 2009's worldwide levels of power generation and I wouldn't want to take a guess at what percentage of total 2021 power generation that would end up being. The same growth rate has nuclear at the same 2009 absolute value in five years.
A valid point. I bet that if you compared "acres of land despoiled per TWH" and put it into a table as above that nuclear power wouldn't be such an outlier.
We often hear that Britain’s renewables are “huge.” But it’s not sufﬁcient to know that a source of energy is “huge.” We need to know how it compares with another “huge,” namely our huge consumption. To make such comparisons, we need numbers, not adjectives.
This book isn’t intended to be a deﬁnitive store of super-accurate numbers. Rather, it’s intended to illustrate how to use approximate numbers as a part of constructive consensual conversations. This book doesn’t advocate any particular energy plan or technology; rather, it tells you how many bricks are in the lego box, and how big each brick is, so the reader can ﬁgure out for himself how to make a plan that adds up.
My electricity usage: ~ 5000 kWh/y
Solar power in my country: ~1000 kWh/y
Solar panel efficiency: 13%
And what shall we do at night? Burn candles?
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