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  •  There is only one way (0+ / 0-)

    to accomplish that, and the diarist didn't even mention it in his "what measures" bullet point . . .

    Which means that the diarist, like most people, does not really take the problem seriously.

    Fake Left, Drive Right . . . not my idea of a Democrat . . .

    by Deward Hastings on Wed Jan 09, 2013 at 06:51:30 PM PST

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    •  You haven't mentioned it either (3+ / 0-)
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      Now put up or shut up.

      America—We built that!

      by Mokurai on Wed Jan 09, 2013 at 09:06:32 PM PST

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      •  You don't know? (0+ / 0-)

        Then where do  you get off writing a diary about global warming?

        I suspect that you actually know enough to know exactly what needs to be done to stop CO2 emissions (substituting the only practical alternate energy source for fossil fuel fired boilers and turbines), but you just don't care enough about global warming to endorse it.  You've got other "feel good" issues that are more important to you.

        You're not alone in that . . . which is why we're in the mess we're in now.  And you're still not ready to do what it takes to fix it.

        Fake Left, Drive Right . . . not my idea of a Democrat . . .

        by Deward Hastings on Wed Jan 09, 2013 at 09:59:49 PM PST

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        •  How 'bout telling me, then? I'm still (0+ / 0-)

          learning about all this stuff, so could you let me in on your secret?

          A society grows great when old men plant trees in whose shade they know they shall never sit. - Greek proverb

          by marleycat on Thu Jan 10, 2013 at 05:51:50 AM PST

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        •  Actually ... (0+ / 0-)

          I don't think that this is true that nuclear power is the sole path to "stop Co2 emissions".  

          1.  There is no silver bullet.
          2.  While nuclear power is the primary low/no CO2 source of electricity today, the time it would take to ramp up the industry globally is not insignificant -- and there are other low/no CO2 electricity sources that are deploying in ever increasing amounts.
          3.  There are quite interesting 'alternative' paths that might well -- with even lower resource requirements than a massive nuclear power build-out and in faster time -- meet electricity demands at a lower cost.  Low-temperature geothermal, enhanced geothermal, space-based solar power are three examples.
          4.  For a high-level sketch of a Silver BB approach to eliminating coal from the US electricity mix, see: America Can Break Its Coal Addiction! (Or: no, coal isn’t necessary)

          Blogging regularly at Get Energy Smart NOW! for a sustainable energy future.

          by A Siegel on Thu Jan 10, 2013 at 06:35:33 AM PST

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          •  Not to mention that Nuclear doesn't mix all that (1+ / 0-)
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            well with renewables, since nuclear is highly inflexible.

            Oh, and onshore wind is far cheaper than new nuclear nowadays.

            In Uruguay, for example, their big switch to wind power is expected to decrease electricity prices by 30%, which will, in turn, lower the cost of driving emission-free electric vehicles.

            In Uruguay, the Answer Is Blowing in the Wind
            By Inés Acosta

            "A candle loses nothing by lighting another candle" - Mohammed Nabbous, R.I.P.

            by Lawrence on Thu Jan 10, 2013 at 09:45:22 AM PST

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