European Power Prices Surge to Record Amid Heat WaveAug. 11 (Bloomberg) -- Electricity prices in France, the U.K.<SNIP>Slack breezes have slowed Germany's wind turbines, the source of as much as 5 percent of its power.<SNIP>
Emily Armistead, of Greenpeace, said: "Europe's current extreme weather shows that climate change is already with us. Wind power is an urgently needed.
You are correct in saying the anti-nuclear activists have incredible gall and double standards. Reminiscent of the anti-nuclear industry complaints during the California electricity crisis, when they claimed the high prices were caused by a nuclear plant being out for maintenance (it was a convoluted argument, essentially that having nuclear stations meant that a utility was reliant upon the stations working, and that when they didn't work full time, the utility had to depend upon imports at high prices)
Note that the press didn't help in this article on France, talking about concrete wall temperatures "nearing danger levels". No mention of operating envelopes, or safety margins, etc. Just the usual drivel.
From: Adam McLean [mailto:firstname.lastname@example.org]
Sent: Wednesday, August 13, 2003 7:50 PM
To: Canadian Nuclear Discussion List
Subject: [cdn-nucl-l] France faces nuclear power 'crisis'
Posted in the UK Guardian on August 13, 2003 and at:
The allowed cooling water release temperature was raised by 1 (one) degree
for 6 reactors AND "a number of conventional power stations". The double
standard that anti-nuclear activists demonstrate is simply unbelievable.