Friday, March 18, 2011

Rubbing Their Hands

Owners of shares in major coal mining companies will be rubbing their hands in anticipation of large profits as the nuclear power industry struggles to battle media driven hysteria in weeks, months and years to come.

The Greens who are prematurely celebrating the death of the nuclear power industry may not yet have realised events in Japan have finally sunk any hope for carbon taxes, emissions protocols and all the other junk transactions associated with the 'carbon' fraud perpetrated by Al Gore and his followers. The plain truth is that you can't lift millions of people out of poverty without cheap energy and you can't have cheap energy without releasing some life giving CO2 into the atmosphere. The Chows and the Yanks know that but NZ and Australia continue to live in fantasy land.

You see folks, the only economically viable sources of base load industrial strength electricity are coal, oil, hydro and nuclear fission.

As Japan rebuilds and China and India continue to grow, demand for oil and coal will escalate. No amount of mecanno sets on top of windy hills will cut the mustard.

And I wonder if any of the loony tune Greens have stopped to calculate the down river death toll from a an 8.8 magnitude earth quake centred just eight kilometers below the Clyde dam?

11 comments:

Anonymous said...

...NZ and Australia continue to live in fantasy land.

The politicians may do and they inflict the consequences of their foolishness on us but being powerless doesn't make us stupid (except that we vote for more of the same).

It must not be overlooked that this installation is first generation nuclear and 40 yrs old. Things have got better since then.

Anonymous said...

Generation 111 reactors ( Pebble Bed ) have been designed for years now and still await Pencil pushers approval for construction.

They have built in safety measures that would have automatically kicked in at the present Japanese troubles.

Also are much smaller.

adam2314

Murray said...

Burn greenie instead of coal. Its the only way to be sure.

baxter said...

"Owners of shares in major coal mining companies will be rubbing their hands in anticipation of large profits as the nuclear power industry struggles to battle media driven hysteria in weeks, months and years to come.".........
This time last year I was rubbing my hands in anticipation. Then Pike blew up and I was left lamenting.

Anonymous said...

There's an excellent interview with the co-founder of Greenpeace here http://www.theregister.co.uk/2011/02/08/patrick_moore_greenpeace_dropout/

He likes nuclear energy.

Right_Wing_Dad said...

Every form of electricity generation has its own inherent risks and benefits, something rational people recognise as a consequence of modern life. If eco-facists were true to themselves, they'd campaign against all forms of electricity generation and demand that we turn off our lights. Oh wait... http://www.earthhour.org/

Lou Taylor said...

The risk at Clyde is more from a landslide into the lake creating a massive wave that overtops the dam. The dam itself is a massive chunk of concrete. I helped put in the foundations in about 1982.

Ciaron said...

^^ Mmmmmmm, gotta love slope stability calculations

Lou Taylor said...

yes Carion
A lot of work was done upstream stabilising old landslides. There is a big risk as the rising water level alters the pressures.
A good job was done as I don't think there has ever been a problem - yet.

Ciaron said...

Dave Bell told us about the tunnel system that keeps the water table and pore water pressure down, simply amazing engineering.

WWallace said...

Another base load power source is geothermal (eg it supplies 66% of energy in Iceland).