Thursday, May 15, 2014
Heat Check - How 'Bout a Seriousness Check?
The western developed country with the lowest carbon intensity is France (.3 tonnes of CO2 for every $1,000 of GDP). And the reason for this is obviously the fact that they have safely and efficiently harnessed nuclear power. I mean, I know that a lot of folks' brains will immediately shut down at this point but for anybody out there who thinks that there are some superior strategies available, I wish 'em a lot of luck. The cold, harsh reality here is that the only energy sources that can a) significantly reduce carbon emissions and b) accomplish this task according to cost and scale are hydro (which the environmentalists don't like because it entails building dams), natural gas (which the environmentalists don't like because it involves using fracking), and nuclear (which the environmentalists don't like because it involves nuclear waste). Everything else (at least at this point), I really hate to tell ya'all, is window-dressing.