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Tue Sep 22, 2020, 07:32 AM

There's no path to net-zero without nuclear power, says O'Regan

https://www.cbc.ca/radio/thehouse/chris-hall-there-s-no-path-to-net-zero-without-nuclear-power-says-o-regan-1.5730197
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Chris Hall: There's no path to net-zero without nuclear power, says O'Regan

'The fact of the matter is that it produces zero emissions,' says natural resources minister

Chris Hall ∑ Posted: Sep 19, 2020 4:00 AM ET | Last Updated: September 19

Minister of Natural Resources Seamus O'Regan says Canadians have to be open to the idea of more nuclear power generation if this country is to meet the carbon emissions reduction targets it agreed to five years ago in Paris.

O'Regan spoke to CBC's The House in advance of next week's speech from the throne, which the prime minister and others say will include measures to ensure the post-COVID-19 recovery leads to a greener economy.

While the exact details are still being worked out, O'Regan suggested the speech could include commitments to improving energy efficiency in homes and businesses and promises to invest in clean technology, such as hydrogen fuel cells and small modular reactors (SMRs).

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Response to sl8 (Original post)

Tue Sep 22, 2020, 07:51 AM

1. The idea has merit. Reactors need to be downsized from the US and Russian models

I spent a good part of the 70ís And 80ís demonstrating against nuke power in California. When I went to France in 2000 I was awed by the concept of a nation getting 70-80% of their electricity from nuke power. It was and remains the best thing the French Socialists put together. The power plants are way smaller and present less of a possible disaster.

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Response to tirebiter (Reply #1)

Tue Sep 22, 2020, 03:54 PM

5. I had a buddy who served on nuclear powered submarines in the 70s.

He said the power plant was in a chamber as big as a good size closet, and produced enough energy to power a midsize town.

I've often wondered why we are making massive multi-billion dollar reactors instead of smaller reactors that serve smaller areas.

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Response to sl8 (Original post)

Tue Sep 22, 2020, 08:03 AM

2. I know this view might not be a popular view, but after reading William Vollmann's

two volume opus on climate change, Carbon Ideologies, I came to the same conclusion, after years of fretting over nuclear power. He analyzes the major energy sources, and he actually visited Fukushima, and he argues that all of them are pretty bad, but I swear to god, after reading that book I thought, "I'd much, much, much rather take my chances at Fukushima than be drinking tap water in West Virginia or breathing air near a fracking field or coal plant." It wasn't even a close call for me.

Some of these other ideas that sound so exciting, like carbon capture and sequestration, when you read the facts and about the number of machines that would have to be produced, and the "energy cost" of that production, as fantastic as these machines are, it's just not practical. Check out Uninhabitable Earth for the stupefying facts about how many CC&S machines we would have to build every minute for the next fifty years. As thrilling as that technology is (and those machines are beautiful), it's a ludicrous proposition.

Just my opinion.

Although I'm always looking for new and better breakthroughs and possibilities.

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Response to sl8 (Original post)

Tue Sep 22, 2020, 08:58 AM

3. Nukes aren't as dangerous as Middle East wars for oil

And now there are small Mini nukes Power generators made in a factory shipped to site. Each small nuke Power unit has limited risk. You can put a bunch of them around a central hub and pump out a ton of power from the site. This is something that can actually change the atmosphere. Install thousands of them.

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Tue Sep 22, 2020, 09:13 AM

4. And what happens to the nuclear waste? nt

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