Thursday, March 17, 2011


A Non-Nuclear Future

Amory Lovins, founder of the Rocky Mountain Institute, points out that "In 2009, 69 percent of U.S. electricity was generated from fossil fuels, accounting for 40 percent of U.S. carbon emissions. ... On current trends, the global electric power sector will emit twice as much carbon dioxide in 2030 as it did in 2007."

For Lovins, this presents an opportunity to "transform our energy system" to a low- or no-carbon system. An important component of this transformed approach to energy will be the transition away from nuclear power. Lovins (and coauthor Bennett Cohen) give a good summary on how to get there in "Renewables, Micropower, and the Transforming Electricity Landscape."

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