CCNet – 17 March 2011 The Climate Policy Network
The Energy No-Fly Zone
Even if someone were to get the approvals to build a new nuclear facility tomorrow, or within the next five years, getting financing will be next to impossible and it's not like there are many governments with the political will or the chequebooks fat enough to fund these kinds of projects. What can only be termed a Black Swan event in the nuclear power world today is going to prove to be a positive inflection point for the natural-gas industry in the coming months and years. –Deborah Yedlin, Vancouver Sun, 17 March 2011
1) Terence Corcoran: The Energy No-Fly Zone - Financial Post, 17 March 2011
The world is about to enter a no-fly zone for energy policy, a period where nothing gets off the ground. Here we have a globalized economic system filled with unprecedented energy options, but where all options appear to be politically off-limits. If it comes to that extreme, as seems probable in the short-term wake of the Japanese nuclear meltdown, the battle will be fought with mind-spinning claims and counterclaims, distortions, lies, exaggerations, misrepresentations. At the end of the battle, the most likely winner will be the energy source that is cheapest, works best and offers the lowest risks. It will be hard to beat the fossil fuels we know and trust
2) Eric Reguly: Nuclear’s Loss Not A Worry: The New World Power Is Gas - The Globe and Mail, 17 March 2011
Not only is gas cheap, gas plants themselves are relative bargains. Mr. Hess said a typical nuclear plant takes 10 years and $6-billion to build, while a coal-burner takes thee years and $3-billion. A gas plant?: Two years and $1-billion. There is no denying that shale gas has radically altered the economics of power production virtually overnight. The Japanese disaster is not killing the nuclear industry, gas is, and it’s taking grubby coal down with it. That’s good news.
3) Richard Pollock: Japan’s Nuclear Crisis May Doom Global Warming Activists’ Dreams -Pajamas Media, 16 March 2011
Anti-nuclear critics may be celebrating the possible death of commercial nuclear power. But as U.K. energy expert Benny Peiser notes this morning, less nuclear power will mean most industrialized countries will increase their dependency on fossil fuels for electricity, not reduce them. This means global warming activists’ goal may be dying a quick death.
4) Climate Alarmists: Justifying Japanese Judgment Day - The Washington Times, 15 March 2011
5) Robert Bryce: America's Nuclear Dead End - The Daily Beast, 14 March 2011
Obama and the GOP keep pushing nuclear power, but for all their money and rhetoric, their proposals were doomed even before Japan. Robert Bryce on how natural gas killed domestic reactors
6) Jesse Walker: Resilient Japan: Three Lessons From The Week's Disasters - Reason Online, 16 March 2011
An 8.9 earthquake, a 33-foot tsunami, a series of crises at their battered nuclear plants: The people of Japan have withstood the last week with admirable tenacity. There's no shortage of lessons the rest of the world can learn from what we've been seeing. Here are three of them.
Thanks Dr Peiser GWPF
Recommended, House of commons oral EVIDENCE TAKEN BEFORE THE Energy and Climate Change Committee Shale Gas March 1
Imagine if reality was the rule of the day, we would be rushing for coal to get more CO2 into the air not for its wholly insignificant ability to offset the increase in cooling but for its ability to remarkably increase crop yield bearing in mind something like 10% of the world is at starvation level at any given time. Hurrah for the UN, a totally criminal and useless waste of space, time and money. Hurrah for the CO2 related laws, a big support for the scam of the millennia after fiat currencies and fractional reserve banking.
The only problem is that we have increased emissions year in, year out yet nature has stubbornly refused to leave them in the air. An average 2ppm is what nature dictates as leftover from the approx. 102ppm nature plus humans emit every year (humans = ~4ppm).