energy for the 22nd century

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energy for the 22nd century



By the turn of this century there'll be 9 billion people in the world mostly all in developed countries or emerging economies. Commercial oil will be long gone, replaced by nuclear and wind turbines. If the world population was half economically developed by then and the use of energy was twice as efficient due to high costs they'd need 9,300 Candu reactors to replace the oil. An alternative would be 4,100,000 2Mw wind turbines.

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Happilly, I won't be around to witness these changes! [img]biggrin.gif" border="0[/img]


That's Great, the G8 want the 200 countries of the world to half the emmission of C-O-2 by 2050. We'll need 3 thousand nuclear reactors just to replace half the oil. Better shake a leg, wot. 3000 / (2050 - 2008) =71 new reactors a year, world wide.

Alternatively 93,000 new wind turbines per year.

Plus there's coal and natural gas to replace.

Plus the world economy will have grown in four decades.


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Originally posted by bruce_the_vii:
[b]...the G8 want the 200 countries of the world to half the emmission of C-O-2 by 2050.[/b]


The G8’s 50 per cent formula is objectionable on several counts:

First, the G8 formula is a global cut, not one undertaken by the industrialized or Annex One countries, so big polluters like the US can actually free-ride on the rest of the world.

Second, the cut has no clear baseline. It was revealing that in announcing it, Japanese Prime Minister Yasuo Fukuda initially said it was from 1990 levels, then had to take back that statement and subsequently mentioned a 2000 baseline.

Third, this declaration of intent is not binding and there is no indication that the G8 want to bring their “commitment” fully under the United Nations climate negotiations framework that would bind its signatories. Indeed, the G8 announcement reinforces the G8 as a site for climate action that rivals the UN process and effectively subverts it. Not surprisingly, the G8 declaration emerged as part of a parallel process known as the “Major Economies Meeting.” The Major Economies Meeting is a US initiative to wrest decision-making on climate from the United Nations framework and process.

All in all, the G8 announcement is one giant step away from meaningful mandatory reductions and significantly increases the chances of the planet slipping into uncontrolled climate change.

[url=]G8 Action Network[/url]


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