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  •  Basically you are putting forward a highly (0+ / 0-)

    reactionary stance. Human being did NOT do "just fine" and the natural human social evolution is not live with with a life span under 40 years old (Joeaua ideal, it seems) or live hiding from animals in caves and exterminating all the worlds megafauna. What a reactionary line of crap!

    Our social evolutionary advance is to go forward, not backward. Humans cannot as a species do without the modern technology that has advanced us to the levels we see today...unless you think the fantasy of live in the Hobbit's shire is doable. Tell it the people of every major city in the world.

    The fact is we need a lot more energy than we use now, not less. Fantasies about an "all wind/solar grid" are just that. I prefer this diaryists perspective of an all nuclear grid supplemented by renewables. Much better and despite the lies told by the commenter above, it's very doable but recourse wise and financially.

    Those who falsely believe it's 1980 and it takes "10 to 20" years to build a nuke ought to wake up. The technology has not sat there. We use standardized designs everywhere in the world. The last 20 plants that have come line were, from first concrete to commercial ontime delivery were under 7 years and the time is dropping still further.

    If the French can eliminate their oil from electrical generation in 15 years, so can the rest of the world do so with coal, then with gas.

    Dr. Isaac Asimov: "The most exciting phrase to hear in science, the one that heralds new discoveries, is not 'Eureka!' but 'That's funny ...'"

    by davidwalters on Mon Apr 29, 2013 at 07:35:10 AM PDT

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