It really is based upon energy density and nuclear is 5 million times denser of an energy source vs wind. One nuclear prevents 250,000 acres of raptor and bat killing winf farms or square miles of bird blast solar thermal. R&D should go into the molten Salt Reactor, it can't blow up, melt down, make weapons and will be cheap to build. MSRs don't need water, an expensive pressure dome, 170 atmosphere plumbing or triple redundant cooling and power back up systems. They are far less complex to build on an assebly line than a Boeing 787 that have to fly safely for decades. www.energyfromthorium.com
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Re: Point 3
In 1962 the AEC recommended to President Kennedy to build a safer, cleaner nuclear reactor called the Molten Salt Reactor, developed at ORNL. It was shelved due to its inability to be useful in weapons production and the US Navy had its LWRs. Nuclear is 1,000,000 times more dense form of energy than fossil fuels. The MSR can't melt down, blow up, make weapons and is walk away safe. They can be built for $2KW and produce power at $.03 kWh with no emissions. One large plant equals 300,000 acres of wind farms and is 24x7 power, wind needs 75% fossil fuel backup. They can burn the 97% unspent nuclear fuel in fuel waste cooling ponds and change 300k year waste down to decades. China is on a crash program using ORNL's design and France just announced it is going after Thorium MSR. Energyfromthorium.com
The fact that all climate models are wrong and that any teenager alive today hasn't seen warming and in fact has seen slight cooling since 2007 is how badly science has been perverted by the Al Gore crowd. The models ignore water vapor and consider our sun as a constant source of energy. Now they can't explain the 17+ years without warming. Meanwhile our sun is declining into its 200 year cooling cycle. I do fear global cooling when we are in the teeth of cycle 25!
Thorium makes sense
Thorium is plentiful, a Thorium LFTR reactor is low pressure, which means it can be built without containment buildings and 80-150 times pressure piping. It can power the world for hundreds of thousands of years. It would burn the unused fission waste piling up around the world, produce no CO2, is 99% efficient and has very short life waste.
It is the sun's activity
Our sun's activity drives our climate. From the 1920s to 1998, the sun was at one of its highest active states in the last 10,000 years and the Earth warmed. Since 1998, the sun has cycled into its 180 year cycle of inactivity, and the warming has stopped. NASA predicts a very inactive sun cycle 25 and the world will get colder approaching the Dalton Minimum. The earth has been covered with ice sheets when CO2 has been much higher than today's minimally plant feeding levels, cut CO2 in half and plant life starts dying. The world better get ready for massive crop failures due to the coming little ice age or worse, The Holocene age is overdue to drop into a full ice age with mile thick sheets of ice over the Great Lakes in the US.