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  •  China buys and burns loads of Indian coal (0+ / 0-)

    They are no example to follow.  They do, however, build small gas tractor nuke plants.  Is that what you meant to praise?

    You don't need to firebomb Dresden to prove that you can fly the plane.

    by SpamNunn on Wed Jun 13, 2012 at 07:54:51 AM PDT

    •  But that's just a snapshot of today. Eventually, (1+ / 0-)
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      solar and wind will catch on in China.  In fact, it will probably catch on faster there than here in the US if you look at how other technologies such as maglev trains and similar projects have leapfrogged the US.  And I seriously doubt those dumb micro-nuke projects will catch on in China.  Why would they want to take on such a security and waste headache when they can install cheap solar panels instead?

      •  Dumb micro-nuke projects? (0+ / 0-)

        Your prejudice is showing.  

        Solar will not generate the amounts of power that can be generated by splitting atoms or be as dependable, for a long time.    

        You don't need to firebomb Dresden to prove that you can fly the plane.

        by SpamNunn on Wed Jun 13, 2012 at 08:31:01 AM PDT

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        •  Then look at the trends in Chinese universities. (0+ / 0-)

          Count the nuclear engineering programs.  Then count and keep on counting the programs related to semiconductors, green energy, environmental protection, and so on.  Of course, even China has a few nuclear power dead enders, but if all they are even considering are dumb little micro-nukes, then clearly not much long term promise is seen in nuclear there.  The accelerating growth of renewables, especially in China, is going to shift nuclear into irrelevance all that much faster.

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