Carbon-Free And Nuclear-Free: A Roadmap for U.S. Energy by Arjun Makhijani

By Arjun Makhijani

There are a few strong, although hardly ever new, principles the following like CF lighting fixtures, better development layout, and so on. however the author's obsession opposed to fresh, trustworthy, monetary nuclear energy relegates the booklet to the closest
recycle station. the point of interest is on CO2 relief, altho band saturation, and so on may perhaps already be lessening that danger. The author's function in killing eight TVA nuclear reactors avoided them from the becoming a member of the 104
invaluable ones that we have now. He buys the suggestion that erratic and expensive wind and sunlight can exchange base load strength. these 2 offer approximately one quad of the a hundred quadrillion BTUs that we now eat annually.
Cape Wind will triple the price of New England energy. He assigns our safety expenditures to grease while China will get the entire oil it wishes and not using a soldier within the center East. His plan is a mixture of legendary complex batteries, extremely capacitors,
hydrogen, and compressed air.
DOE boss Chu simply scrapped hydrogen as absolutely impractical. the writer trashes spent nuclear gas reprocessing while France shops the reprocessed spent gasoline from fifty eight reactors in a single huge room at l. a. Hague. His IEER site says North
Carolina may possibly get seventy five% of its strength from wind and sunlight. that is as most likely as me successful the ability Ball. i've got ordered the publication, yet i have learn the obtain.

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Note that electricity generation costs are based on 2002-2004 data. Costs of most sources except solar and some new technologies have been rising, which will make efficiency and solar energy more attractive than some of the estimates in this book. The plan here is to develop an approach that will have flexibility built into it. The aim of the roadmap is not so much to look into an energy crystal ball and foretell the exact route all the way to a zero-CO2 emissions economy but to set forth a technical and policy approach that can deal with uncertainties and setbacks.

The main difficulty lies in estimating a cost of sequestering carbon dioxide successfully for thousands of years in deep geologic formations. Injection of carbon dioxide into oil and gas reservoirs for stimulating production has been done commercially; sequestration of CO2 in geologic formations on a limited basis has also been demonstrated. However, there is also some uncertainty as to the long-term success of sequestration. With many reservoirs required for large-scale application of the technology, it is possible that one of them could fail and suddenly emit a large amount of carbon dioxide.

Even at present prices, there are plenty of foregone opportunities for energy efficiency investments due to a variety of factors. For instance, developers of residential and commercial real estate generally do not pay the utility bills. Automobile manufacturers do not pay the fuel bills. S. Energy Policy create economic inefficiencies as well as pollution. They mean that policies that ensure more cost-effective and environmentally sound results, while allowing markets to function in terms of allocating investments, are essential.

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