[WorldChanging]: Joel Makower comments on Nuclear Now! How clean, green atomic energy can stop global warming by Peter Schwartz and Spencer Reiss.
Many comments there (amazing how nuclear gets the blood boiling), including mine:
1. ‘…if you don’t count the high security costs of protecting nuclear plants, the environmental damage of uranium mining, and the incalculable costs of safely storing nuclear wastes…’
Not to mention the cost of decommissioning nuclear power plants. How much you want to bet that ‘capitalist’ utility companies try to foist that cost off onto taxpayers?
2. The ‘nuclear is better than coal’ argument is another specious example of the trap of binary thinking that so plagues ‘advanced’ societies.
3. I fear we will need to get ready for a flurry perverse, eco-flavored assaults on our reason. Next, how about tax penalties for fuel efficient cars? I kid you not.
This last link, reporting on a pilot in Oregon (a state that we thought was leading the sustainability charge) turns a potentially useful idea — capacity based pricing of freeway access — into a stunningly backasswards response to the potential problem that ‘As more and more hybrids hit the road, cash-strapped states are warning of rough roads ahead.’
Apparently these folks never heard of feebates.