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Is "quiet climate policy" enough to address climate change? If not, what would be?Slow Boring's Matthew Yglesias, Data f...
09/22/2021

Is "quiet climate policy" enough to address climate change? If not, what would be?

Slow Boring's Matthew Yglesias, Data for Progress's Mulhullond,
New College of Florida's Mark Paul, and Grist.org's Shannon Osaka ask the tough questions at Ecomodernism 2021: #QuietClimate Policy

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Is "quiet climate policy" enough to address climate change? If not, what would be?

Slow Boring's Matthew Yglesias, Data for Progress's Mulhullond,
New College of Florida's Mark Paul, and Grist.org's Shannon Osaka ask the tough questions at Ecomodernism 2021: #QuietClimate Policy

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For the first time, experts from around the world put together a report outlining how to accelerate the technological de...
09/20/2021
Global Innovation Policy for Alternative Proteins

For the first time, experts from around the world put together a report outlining how to accelerate the technological development and scaling of alternative proteins globally.

Resident alt protein expert Saloni Shah breaks down the report in her latest Breakthrough blog:
https://thebreakthrough.org/blog/global-innovation-policy-for-alternative-proteins

The 6th ever Food System Summit is convening on Sept. 23 — and alternative proteins are on the agenda.

“The most valuable thing we can do is invest in technologies that allow countries to substitute in renewables for fossil...
09/14/2021
Poor countries push for lenience in banning fossil-fuel financing

“The most valuable thing we can do is invest in technologies that allow countries to substitute in renewables for fossil fuels. Shutting off the spigot now for the poorest countries will be devastating for them.”

BTI's Vijaya Ramachandran via Axios 👏

https://www.axios.com/fossil-fuel-financing-poor-countries-lenience-aa1da7f3-ca4c-45a4-9b86-86f7fa534593.html

The debate over the role rich and poor countries should fill in tackling climate change is reaching a boiling point.

"Given the historic trends of falling clean energy costs and strengthening climate policy, it seems unlikely that we wil...
09/13/2021
We've Made Progress on Climate – but it's Time to Accelerate | The Well News | Pragmatic, Governance, Fiscally Responsible, News & Analysis

"Given the historic trends of falling clean energy costs and strengthening climate policy, it seems unlikely that we will remain in a current policy-type world for the remainder of the 21st century," writes BTI's Zeke Hausfather.

It’s time to accelerate that trend. New in the The Well News:

https://www.thewellnews.com/in-the-news/weve-made-progress-on-climate-but-its-time-to-accelerate/

We've Made Progress on Climate – but it's Time to Accelerate In The News | The Well News | Pragmatic, Governance, Fiscally Responsible, News & Analysis

How could countries in sub-Saharan Africa reach high-income status? Large-scale interventions are needed to grow more fo...
09/10/2021
Convergence, Development, and Energy-Intensive Infrastructure:…

How could countries in sub-Saharan Africa reach high-income status? Large-scale interventions are needed to grow more food and to bring that food cheaply to urban markets, writes Vijaya Ramachandran — all of which will require lots of energy infrastructure.

https://bit.ly/3jS8QAg

Economic growth in Africa is a necessary condition for improving poverty and cannot be discarded in favor of efforts focused solely on sustainability.

The absence of the Versatile Test Reactor will have disastrous impacts on the US’s role as a leader in the next generati...
09/09/2021
Arguments against the Versatile Test Reactor undermine America's climate future

The absence of the Versatile Test Reactor will have disastrous impacts on the US’s role as a leader in the next generation of advanced nuclear tech and its ability to decarbonize.

Ted Nordhaus and Dr. Adam Stein push back on the bad-faith campaign against it in their latest for The Hill.

https://thehill.com/opinion/energy-environment/571357-arguments-against-the-versatile-test-reactor-undermine-americas

The VTR would allow advanced nuclear reactor developers here in the U.S. to test fuels, materials and components for fast neutron reactors for the next 60 years or more.

07/24/2021

"Increased greenhouse gas emissions tend to follow the closing of nuclear plants... if state leaders want to pretend that simply adding clean energy capacity is the same thing as producing it, they’re dealing in deception."

Long-time nuclear opponent The Sacramento Bee reconsiders Diablo closure. A breakthrough of sorts, with a little help from BTI:

bit.ly/36YpOFQ

New genetic improvements to photosynthesis in #GMO crops could increase US crop yields by a whopping 60% finds BTI's Emm...
07/22/2021

New genetic improvements to photosynthesis in #GMO crops could increase US crop yields by a whopping 60% finds BTI's Emma Kovak 🌽

That means we could grow more food with less land — and with fewer emissions from land-use change.

https://bit.ly/3wTnkDd

New genetic improvements to photosynthesis in #GMO crops could increase US crop yields by a whopping 60% finds BTI's Emma Kovak 🌽

That means we could grow more food with less land — and with fewer emissions from land-use change.

https://bit.ly/3wTnkDd

How might an #ecomodernist perspective advance practical solutions at the intersection of the #environment, equity, and ...
07/21/2021
Dialogue Panel Spotlight: Decoupling Social Justice from Green Dogma

How might an #ecomodernist perspective advance practical solutions at the intersection of the #environment, equity, and #justice while focusing advocacy efforts more upon equitable benefits from a broader set of technologies and infrastructure?

Featuring Data for Progress's Julian Brave NoiseCat, Holland & Knight LLP's Jennifer Hernandez, and Princeton University's Omar Wasow

Dates: Aug 4-6

Save your digital seat for #EcomodernJustice here!
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When #nuclear reactors are taken off the grid, fossil fuel use — and the emissions that come with them — consistently in...
07/20/2021

When #nuclear reactors are taken off the grid, fossil fuel use — and the emissions that come with them — consistently increase.

Will shutting down Diablo Canyon, which generates more than all of CA’s wind and half of its solar power be any different?

https://bit.ly/3r98sPu

When #nuclear reactors are taken off the grid, fossil fuel use — and the emissions that come with them — consistently increase.

Will shutting down Diablo Canyon, which generates more than all of CA’s wind and half of its solar power be any different?

https://bit.ly/3r98sPu

Global CO2 emissions went from increasing 3% per year on average from the 2001-2010 period to 1% per year from 2011-2019...
07/16/2021

Global CO2 emissions went from increasing 3% per year on average from the 2001-2010 period to 1% per year from 2011-2019.

Why is that? BTI's Zeke Hausfather investigates in his latest analysis:

https://thebreakthrough.org/issues/energy/why-global-emissions-grew-slowly-over-the-past-decade

Global CO2 emissions went from increasing 3% per year on average from the 2001-2010 period to 1% per year from 2011-2019.

Why is that? BTI's Zeke Hausfather investigates in his latest analysis:

https://thebreakthrough.org/issues/energy/why-global-emissions-grew-slowly-over-the-past-decade

A new report from BTI's Zeke Hausfather analyzes hourly generation and price data from the California ISO from 2014-2020...
07/15/2021
The lurking threat to solar power’s growth

A new report from BTI's Zeke Hausfather analyzes hourly generation and price data from the California ISO from 2014-2020 and finds that the value of solar has fallen by around 37% since 2014 relative to other sources of #electricity.

The culprit? As #solarenergy is produced during a short period of the day and storage capacity allows for minimal carryover, it is susceptible to value deflation.

Translation: The more solar you add to the grid, the less valuable it becomes.

California is a world leader in solar generation, with around 20% of its electricity coming from solar — substantially higher than any other US state or country in the world.

It's also a place where the effects of value deflation are being felt more acutely — making it the perfect case study to examine its past and projected impacts on the cost of solar deployment.

Check out MIT Technology Review's coverage here:
https://www.technologyreview.com/2021/07/14/1028461/solar-value-deflation-california-climate-change/

Plummeting sunny day solar prices are undermining the economic case to build more solar farms – and putting climate goals at risk.

Decarbonizing the entire US energy economy by 2050 is huge task — can you do it fast and just? Feat. MIT Technology Revi...
07/14/2021
Dialogue Panel Spotlight: Can You Build Fast and Just?

Decarbonizing the entire US energy economy by 2050 is huge task — can you do it fast and just?

Feat.
MIT Technology Review's James Temple,

Friends Committee on National Legislation - FCNL's Clarence Edwards,

ClearPath Foundation's Jena Lococo; and

Clean Air Task Force's Armond Cohen

Save your virtual seat for #EcomodernJustice! 🎟️
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This year's Breakthrough Dialogue theme is #EcomodernJustice, so we're asking what a new framework for #climate justice ...
07/09/2021

This year's Breakthrough Dialogue theme is #EcomodernJustice, so we're asking what a new framework for #climate justice might look like in a multi-polar world?

Find out with BTI's Vijaya Ramachandran, Namati's Vivek Maru, and Center for Global Development's W. Gyude Moore!

Learn more and register here: https://thebreakthrough.org/articles/digital-dialogue-registration

This year's Breakthrough Dialogue theme is #EcomodernJustice, so we're asking what a new framework for #climate justice might look like in a multi-polar world?

Find out with BTI's Vijaya Ramachandran, Namati's Vivek Maru, and Center for Global Development's W. Gyude Moore!

Learn more and register here: https://thebreakthrough.org/articles/digital-dialogue-registration

African nations want the ability to grow more food and build critical infrastructure that can improve their #climate res...
07/01/2021
Fossil Fuel Investments in Africa are Necessary for Economic Growth and Climate Resiliency | The Well News | Pragmatic, Governance, Fiscally Responsible, News & Analysis

African nations want the ability to grow more food and build critical infrastructure that can improve their #climate resilience.

Achieving this will require a lot of energy — far more than #renewables can provide alone.

BTI's Vijaya Rmamchandran in The Well News
https://bit.ly/3xfrDsX

Fossil Fuel Investments in Africa are Necessary for Economic Growth and Climate Resiliency Opinions | The Well News | Pragmatic, Governance, Fiscally Responsible, News & Analysis

Federal investment in R&D created massive cost reductions for critical clean tech like photovoltaics and electric vehicl...
06/30/2021
Yes, Alternative Proteins Really Do Deserve Federal Investment

Federal investment in R&D created massive cost reductions for critical clean tech like photovoltaics and electric vehicles.

We need to make similar investments in #Altproteins, write @SaloniShah101 & @alexjmssmith; here's why:
https://bit.ly/3y897ns

Public-sector R&D can fill the research gaps that private-sector researchers and investors are unwilling and unable to tackle.

How can California accelerate the transition to #ElectricVehicles?How about a buyback program for polluting vehicles — s...
06/24/2021
Banning gas cars was a good start. Now California needs to make electric vehicles affordable

How can California accelerate the transition to #ElectricVehicles?

How about a buyback program for polluting vehicles — specifically one that pays out based on the emissions cuts delivered from the vehicle replacement.

This would have the dual benefit of incentivizing vehicle replacements and offering lower-income folks (who generally retain older and dirtier cars for longer) the help they need making the jump to EVs.

Learn more in The Sacramento Bee ⬇️
https://bit.ly/3xNSFb9

California might have failed to meet previous electric vehicle targets, but it can vastly increase its odds of success with bold action today. | OPINION

Our 2021 Dialogue is going digital  🎉 RSVP for live and on-demand access to our plenaries and discussions as they’re hap...
06/24/2021
Our Dialogue is going digital!

Our 2021 Dialogue is going digital 🎉

RSVP for live and on-demand access to our plenaries and discussions as they’re happening in the room



Pre-release access to the new Stewart Brand documentary, "We are as Gods" 👀

Register and learn more here:
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And how California can step up its EV transition

"I just don’t think [indoor production], at least in the foreseeable future, will cut costs and help make these foods mo...
06/18/2021
Salad will survive climate change. But at what cost?

"I just don’t think [indoor production], at least in the foreseeable future, will cut costs and help make these foods more affordable or accessible."

BTI's Daniel Blaustein-Rejto in this Grist.org piece on indoor farming's world of baby greens and robots.

https://grist.org/food/salad-will-survive-climate-change-but-at-what-cost/

In order to maintain American's year-round demand for salad, more growers are looking into moving delicate crops like baby greens indoors.

Banning the sale of gas cars in 2035 is an ambitious goal. But ambition doesn’t reduce emissions, action does. Now Calif...
06/16/2021
Banning gas cars was a good start. Now California needs to make electric vehicles affordable

Banning the sale of gas cars in 2035 is an ambitious goal. But ambition doesn’t reduce emissions, action does. Now California actually needs to make electric vehicles affordable.

New from Erik Olson in The Sacramento Bee:

https://www.sacbee.com/opinion/op-ed/article252139763.html

California might have failed to meet previous electric vehicle targets, but it can vastly increase its odds of success with bold action today. | OPINION

How can we reach critical world #climate goals, while also taking the diverse energy needs of emerging economies into ac...
06/15/2021
Just Energy: In Pursuit of a Fair Global Energy Transition Balance | Meridian International Center

How can we reach critical world #climate goals, while also taking the diverse energy needs of emerging economies into account?

On June 23 (11:40 ET), join Vietnam's Ambassador to the US Ha Kim Ngoc, Norway's Ambassador to the US Anniken Ramberg Krutnes, and BTI's Vijaya Ramachandran as they discuss this very question.

This webinar is a production of the Meridian International Center:
https://www.meridian.org/announcement/just-energy-in-pursuit-of-a-fair-global-energy-transition-balance/

Learn more...

Growth in Africa requires growing more food and building critical infrastructure that can help create more jobs and impr...
06/15/2021
Fossil Fuel Investments in Africa are Necessary for Economic Growth and Climate Resiliency | The Well News | Pragmatic, Governance, Fiscally Responsible, News & Analysis

Growth in Africa requires growing more food and building critical infrastructure that can help create more jobs and improve #climate resilience.

This growth will require a lot of energy, writes BTI's Vijaya Ramachandran — far more than #renewables can provide on their own.

https://bit.ly/3xfrDsX

Fossil Fuel Investments in Africa are Necessary for Economic Growth and Climate Resiliency Opinions | The Well News | Pragmatic, Governance, Fiscally Responsible, News & Analysis

Public funding for Ag R&D in the US has sunk by 30% since its peak in 2002 📉If we want to drive down farming-related emi...
06/11/2021
It's Time for Congress to Invest in Agricultural R&D

Public funding for Ag R&D in the US has sunk by 30% since its peak in 2002 📉

If we want to drive down farming-related emissions and fight #climatechange, @USCongress needs to reverse that trend — fast 📈

Here's how:
https://bit.ly/3ctVhml

Agricultural R&D can only accomplish so much without proper funding.

Is "scaling down" really the next, best stage for farming or a big step back?BTI's Ted Nordhaus & Dan Blaustein-Rejto re...
06/05/2021
Small Farms, Big Pollution

Is "scaling down" really the next, best stage for farming or a big step back?

BTI's Ted Nordhaus & Dan Blaustein-Rejto respond to Stan Cox and Matthew R. Sanderson attack on big agriculture in Foreign Policy.

https://bit.ly/3x31Cgx

Don’t abandon big agriculture, make it work (even) better.

It's that time of year again! Please join us in welcoming our 2021 Generation Fellows Waverly Eichhorst, Isaac Ongu, Dor...
06/03/2021
Breakthrough Welcomes 2021 Generation Fellows

It's that time of year again!

Please join us in welcoming our 2021 Generation Fellows Waverly Eichhorst, Isaac Ongu, Dorothy Lsoto, Mikenna Montgomery, Jack Smith, Kashimana Ivo, & Jonah Messinger 🎉

Together, they’ll be joining our team for the summer to help advance the ecomodern project and tackle some of the toughest #environmental challenges facing our world today.

We’re excited to see what new insights and breakthroughs this year’s fellowship will bring, and you can bet that we’ll keep you updated. In the meantime, why not get to know our fellows better?

https://thebreakthrough.org/articles/breakthrough-welcomes-2021-generation-fellows

Get to know the fellows here:

BTG fellows work to advance the ecomodern project by deepening our understanding in the fields of energy, environment, technology, and human development.

Can technology that doesn't even exist yet help to tackle climate change? The hosts of the Sky News ClimateCast podcast ...
05/22/2021
ClimateCast podcast: Can technology solve climate change?

Can technology that doesn't even exist yet help to tackle climate change?

The hosts of the Sky News ClimateCast podcast sit down with BTI's @hausfath and other climate experts to find out:

https://news.sky.com/story/climatecast-podcast-can-technology-solve-climate-change-12312911

On this episode of Sky News ClimateCast, hosts Anna Jones and Katerina Vittozzi ask if technology that doesn't even exist yet has the power to solve climate change.

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I think Breakthrough Institute is running under some pressure and they have not adequate skills and expertise to judge environmental problems independently
To Jessica Lovering, Breakthrough Dear Madam, In continuation to my earlier message, I like to inform you that a nuclear power unit is only 28% efficient. That means they reject 72% of their heat generated in nuclear reactor into environment and this much heat is directly heating the atmosphere and environment. Hence this nuclear power plant can not run in sustainable manner. With running of this plant , environment will go on heating. This plant is not emitting carbon dioxide that is all right, but it is emitting water v***r from their cooling tower and this is a green house gas responsible for global warming. And since they are non-technical they are saying water v***r is not a GHG. They have engaged false reporters to publish their fake claim for public awareness, but very few people/public know this fact. They have planned to install additional capacities of nuclear power throughout the world to cool the present hot earth for ongoing extreme heating of the earth as a solution. But to everybody's surprise, it will be seen that the temperature of earth is/will be rising in stead of falling. It will happen and their fake reporters and they themselves will be punished/ blamed for their lack of knowledge and expertise. Thanks and regards Radhashyam Muduli Bhubaneswar, India Engineer/ Scientist 02/04/2020
To Jessica Lovering,Breakthrough Dear Madam, From your writings and declarations on Energy Policy,I came to know that you have taken nuclear power as green and renewable energy. Nuclear power is carbon free but not green/renewable energy for it is not sustainable. That means with its use and application, it will not maintain the environment in good stead and is degrading the environment by heating it. A nuclear power plant warms environment more than a same capacity fossil fuel fired thermal power plant. The scientist dominated organisation with less technical know how, they are claiming like this from inception and due to low cost of nuclear power, few influential states have allowed them to continue operation. As such nuclear power is a global warmer and it should not be allowed to continue their operation/business. To our greatest surprise, they have planned to add extra nuclear power capacities to cool earth, but it will end in heating the present hot earth. The details of these I shall write in my next letter. Please convey your email ID to [email protected] Thanks and regards Radhashyam Muduli Bhubaneswar, India Engineer/Scientist 02/04/2020
Because the albedo/atmosphere reflect 30% of the incoming solar energy the earth is cooler with that albedo/atmosphere than without. Without an atmosphere the earth would receive 30% more kJ/h becoming a barren rock much like the moon, hot^3 on the lit side, cold^3 on the dark. This observation is easily confirmed by comparisons with the moon as Nikolov, Kramm suggest and UCLA Diviner mission observes. This refutes the RGHE theory which postulates just the opposite, that the earth sans atmosphere would be a -430 F ball of ice or 288 K w/ - 255 K w/o = 33 C cooler. (Rubbish!) Because of the non-radiative heat transfer processes of the contiguous participating atmospheric molecules, 396 W/m^2 of BB LWIR upwelling from the surface is not possible. As I demonstrate in the grand science tradition of performing experiments: https://principia-scientific.org/debunking-the-greenhouse-gas-theory-with-a-boiling-water-pot/ Without the 396 W/m^2 upwelling LWIR there is no net 333 W/m^2 for the GHGs to "trap", "back" radiate or warm anything anywhere. There is no radiative greenhouse effect and the non-existent GHGs do not "warm" the terrestrial surface.
Forget 'net zero'! 'Absolute Zero' for all of humanity's energy needs from nuclear power and hydrogen [even much of the air travel] - and the absolute minimum environmental footprint possible: --------------------//---------------------- Just sent the email below to Dr Finkel. Don't know if I'll get a reply. Going to put in as a comment on the video too [if it lets me]: -----------------------//------------------------- Subject: Dr. Alan Finkel AO | Energy: Australia's national hydrogen strategy Dear Dr Finkel, The subject matter is the title of your recent YouTube 'ceda' presentation: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=96oqkFkJADc At 2:32 in, you explain that nuclear power is not available in the Australian 'zero-emissions tool kit'. Further in, you describe the scale of hydrogen production envisioned and concentrate on solar power as the simple means of explaining the electricity capacity needed to produce the 30 million tonnes of H2 exports. 900 GW of solar at the typical Australian 25% capacity factor, will give you the 1,980 TWh per year necessary. This would be equivalent to 4091 Bungala-sized Solar Power Projects, with a capital cost of A$1,913 billion, occupying 33,000 km2 with a lifespan of 30 years. In view of the fact that your video presentation appears on the CEDA News YouTube channel [ceda: committee for economic development of australia], would you know if the burgeoning developments in advanced nuclear reactors figure in the Committee's forward planning? For example, do you think they are aware of the COD for GE-Hitachi's 300 MW [Small Modular Reactor] nuclear power plant [npp], the BWRX-300, has recently been pulled forward from 2030 to 2028. This implies that in the early years of the 2030s, this npp will be available at the NOAK capital cost of A$890 million. That's A$890 million for a 300 MW npp, operating at 90% capacity factor, generating 24/7, low-carbon electricity for a 60 year design life. 837 BWRX-300s, maybe grouped onto 100 or so sites, would have a capital cost of A$745 billion. Bearing in mind all of that solar capacity would have to be built a second time to generate for 60 years, the total capital cost of solar power would be A$3,826 million, which is >5X the capital cost of the npp alternative. Developing Australia economically by foisting upon the tax and bill-paying public, a low-carbon energy technology, with >5X the capital cost of advanced npps, takes the money out of their pockets to pay for lifestyle decisions of their own choices, in order to pay a lot more to take a hot shower, boil the kettle, or run the car. At 81 years old, and the UK's No.1 BWRX-300 supporter, I hang on to the hope I will see the breakers thrown on that FOAK. And in the meanwhile, I'll be pushing all I can to promote it in a facebook group page [new members always welcome] and in the blogosphere: https://www.facebook.com/groups/1032713003519847/ https://bwrx-300-nuclear-uk.blogspot.com/ It would be really good to know what you think . Kind regards,
OMG how can this ever be happening? The CCC in full flow with their Government-targeted crap. Please HELP! HELP! Anybody who can, please have a dig at these morons!!!!!!!!!!! Just put this on their facebook link to the announcement: -------------------------------//------------------------------- "...A decade ago we said, “decarbonise electricity generation, then electrify the economy where you can – there is a cost, but it’s worth it”. It turns out we were very right about that strategy; but pleasingly wrong about the cost. The key technologies – wind, solar, batteries – globally have fallen in price, to become cost competitive in some cases with fossil-fuelled systems...........But it is equally true that ten years ago, the CCC were overly optimistic about cost falls in some other technologies – nuclear for example..." These morons at the CCC are manifestly pro-renewables/anti nuclear and under a cloud of dubious integrity with recent revelations about Lord Deben, its Chair. Their weasel-words about the cost competitiveness of renewables can be shown up for what it is by the simplest of arithmetic an 11 year old child could do. And their nasty dig at the cost of nuclear demonstrates a complete ignorance, or the wilfull ignoring, of burgeoning developments in advanced nuclear power reactors. In 15 years time the GE-Hitachi, BWRX-300 Small Modular Reactor [SMR] will be available. It is a uniquely simple and therefore cost effective nuclear power reactor at an overnight cost of $2000/kW, which is a quarter of the cost of Hinkley and competitive to gas. If 100% of the 340 TWh of electricity the UK uses every year were to be supplied by wind and solar, it is likely we would not be prepared to put up with the landscape desecration the Germans accept. So a reasonably 'permutation' might be 10% solar, 30% onshore wind and 60% offshore wind. It will never be truly emissions' free because renewables will forever require fossil-fuelled backup. This would cost £527 billion to cover generation for 60 years - the design life of a nuclear power plant. 340 TWh of 24/7 electricity, requiring no fossil-fuelled backup could be supplied by BWRX-300s for a cost of £65 billion. True zero-emissions electricity for 60 years at 1/8th of the cost. But as significant to Claire Perry should be the ruling in the USA that the Emergency Planning Zone [EPZ] for SMRs can be at the boundary fence of their tiny sites. This is what James Conca recently said: "...the United States Nuclear Regulatory Commission just agreed that any emergencies that could possibly occur at a small modular nuclear power plant probably won’t even get past the fence..........No need to come up with huge evacuation plans for nearby cities or anyone living near the plant, like we did for older plants. You can just stand there at the fence and watch what’s going on..." SMRs can be sited near centres of population. The BWRX-300 has a rating of 900 MW thermal and plenty of potential to supply much of the heating and hot water to buildings - 40% of UK energy use - when used as a Combined Heating& Power [CHP] plant. A cost-effective solution to one of the Government's worst energy headaches, with an infrastructure cost nowhere near that of a 100% renewables [electricity only] UK. If there's a God up there, to which most of the politicians, genuinely or otherwise, pay lip service, please put a force field around the Department of BEIS and Parliament, so nothing from the CCC can get through. For the simple cost figures: https://bwrx-300-nuclear-uk.blogspot.com/2019/03/butwhat-about-100-low-carbon.html For the insane comment from Chris Stark about batteries - "...globally have fallen in price..." - just have a look at this: https://bwrx-300-nuclear-uk.blogspot.com/2019/03/just-4-windless-days-in-100-wind-and.html ------------------------------------------//------------------------------------- https://www.theccc.org.uk/2019/03/19/chris-stark-towards-net-zero/