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July 09, 2006

Renewable Nuclear Energy

Cradle to Cradle author William McDonough, in response to a question on why green thinkers don't consider nuclear energy a viable renewable [sic] energy source:

Don't get me wrong: I love nuclear energy! It's just that I prefer fusion to fission. And it just so happens that there's an enormous fusion reactor safely banked a few million miles from us. It delivers more than we could ever use in just about 8 minutes. And it's wireless!

That bright object in the sky: it's up and running, and will be for billions of years.

Meanwhile, classifying nuclear plants as "renewable" — as President Bush and others have done — may seem like some sort of joke, but there's a lot at stake: renewables get tax exemptions and utilities are increasingly mandated to derive a certain percentage of their power from renewable sources. The reality-based community responds.

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The problem is, of course, it would require a new business model for the energy producing companies. You know those same companies that own most politicians.

Posted by: mark at July 10, 2006 04:26 PM