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    China is using the shotgun approach, including wind and solar along with their dirty coal.

    •  And a carbon tax (2+ / 0-)
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      Gooserock, too many people

      China seems far more serious about tackling image change than the US

      Hay hombres que luchan un dia, y son buenos Hay otros que luchan un año, y son mejores Hay quienes luchan muchos años, y son muy buenos. Pero hay los que luchan toda la vida. Esos son los imprescendibles.

      by Mindful Nature on Sun Mar 24, 2013 at 12:22:31 PM PDT

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    •  You forgot to add nuclear (1+ / 0-)
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      They are VERY serious about nuclear power.  They are choking to death on coal emissions and nuclear power is the only alternative for zero-emissions baseload power that can scale plant-for-plant with respect to coal.  Each new nuclear plant is a coal plant that won't get built.  

      From the World Nuclear Association:

      - Mainland China has 17 nuclear power reactors in operation, 28 under construction, and more about to start construction.  

      - Additional reactors are planned, including some of the world's most advanced, to give a five- or six-fold increase in nuclear capacity to at least 58 GWe by 2020, then possibly  200 GWe by 2030, and 400 GWe by 2050.  

      - China has become largely self-sufficient in reactor design and construction, as well as other aspects of the fuel cycle.  

      In December 2011 the National Energy Administration (NEA) said that China will make nuclear energy the foundation of its power-generation system in the next "10 to 20 years", adding as much as 300 GWe of nuclear capacity over that period. Two weeks earlier the NDRC vice-director said that China would not swerve from its goal of greater reliance on nuclear power.

      Each GW-year of power produced by nuclear prevents the otherwise-emitted 10 million tons of CO2 from coal burning plants.  So, if China adds 400GWe of new nuclear over the next few decades, then it will be responsible for preventing emissions of 4 BILLION tons of CO2 per year.  

      China has the money, the ambition and rapidly growing technical know-how.  They know the problem, and are working as fast as they can on the nuclear file.  My prediction is that, out of sheer necessity, they will be leading the way in new technology.  From the Guardian (UK):

      Jiang Mianheng, son of former leader Jiang Zemin, is spearheading a project for China's National Academy of Sciences with a start-up budget of $350m.
      He has already recruited 140 PhD scientists, working full-time on thorium power at the Shanghai Institute of Nuclear and Applied Physics. He will have 750 staff by 2015.

      "China is the country to watch," said Baroness Bryony Worthington, head of the All-Parliamentary Group on Thorium Energy, who visited the Shanghai operations recently with a team from Britain's National Nuclear Laboratory.
      "They are really going for it, and have talented researchers. This could lead to a massive break-through."

       

      China is also moving on fast reactors, which is one way to close the fuel cycle making nuclear power fully sustainable (approx 100-fold more energy output per kg of mined uranium, likewise 100 times less waste per unit energy, which is comprised only of short-lived fission products, not long-lived transuranics).

      One more prediction: once they start to succeed, the USA will have an "oh shit" Sputnik moment before the end of this decade and will be forced into likewise going all-in with next generation nuclear.  The USA will have little choice in ditching years of technology stagnation and neglect, after cancelling the Integral Fast Reactor in 1994 (thanks Al Gore), and a ridiculous regulatory environment that drives up costs astronomically and discourages investment.  

      The intrinsic nature of Power is such that those who seek it most are least qualified to wield it.

      by mojo workin on Sun Mar 24, 2013 at 02:04:13 PM PDT

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    •  Do you know the % of each ? (0+ / 0-)

      Would you say that coal equals all the others combined ?

      Drop the name-calling MB 2/4/11 + Please try to use ratings properly! Kos 9/9/11

      by indycam on Sun Mar 24, 2013 at 06:18:00 PM PDT

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