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Re: [cdn-nucl-l] Amory Lovins
Andrew Daley wrote:
> At the same time, Lovins has been a vocal critic of nuclear technology
> and the idea that big, central power stations represent a silver
> bullet to our future energy needs.
If Lovins objects to "big" and "central" then he has a point. Clearly,
building one reactor to service all of Canada is not practical. So how
many should we build? One per building is my answer. That puts lots of
reactors in the middle of cities. The nuclear industry really needs to
re-vitalize itself with smaller, mass produced units that get power to
people without huge transmission lines. The interesting factor here is
that fission technology is the only power generation technology that can
do this on the scale needed. The introduction of liquid fuels, fast
reactors, and thorium will all be needed to make this happen. The
potential for capitalized, fast, innovation is enormous. But it won't
happen while the oppressive over-regulation that we currently have
continues. Regulation procedures today stifle innovative small fission
systems. Lovins thinks that market forces are killing nuclear. Wrong.
Suffocating centralized regulation is killing it (much to the delight of
the carbon cartel).
Randal Leavitt - another Ubuntu user