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April 16, 2005

Environmental heresies

Rob writes:

Another interesting read if you have the time. I thought the last page got a little hokey, but still some food for thought.

It's an article in MIT's Technology Review by Stewart Brand (Mr. Whole Earth Catalogue).

Posted by joke du jour at April 16, 2005 09:02 AM

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The last page IS hokey.

While I agree that nuclear could be a nice "decarbonized" energy source until the right (and obvious) one comes along, SOLAR, I disagree with much of the remaining text.

For example, using the statment that nuclear has 50+ years of engineering behind it to leverage pebble-bed reactors that can't melt down doesn't work.

Pebble-bed reactors are a fine idea. Besides one in Germany that is no longer running, I don't know of others in operation. China plans to build many, but exactly how safe they are are remains to be proven.

Posted by: codewritinfool at April 16, 2005 02:21 PM

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