Regarding the MSNBC article on the economics of nuclear power
perpetuates the myth of carbon free nuclear power. While it is true of
course that nuclear power plants do not directly emit CO2, they do like most
forms of power generation have an indirect effect on CO2 emissions. While
the amount is not high, one study finds the range of indirect emissions from
a nuclear power plant to be 20-120% of that from a natural gas combined
cycle plant, the economics are not viable for nuclear power as a method of
CO2 abatement. Natural gas combined cycle or cogeneration, a variety of
renewable energy options and demand side management measures have 3-4 times
more favorable costs for CO2 abatement. See the attached pdf of one study.
Considering that MSNBC is owned by the General Electric Corporation it
is not to surprising that the economics of carbon abatement by nuclear power
are not critically examined. The fact is nuclear power is the most
expensive way to not solve any of the problems confronting our species.
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From: "Nelson Abreu" <[log in to unmask]>
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Sent: Friday, January 26, 2007 2:48 PM
Subject: MIT energy technologies @ Davos; Economics of Nuclear Power
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