The talk surrounding the coal mine is cringe worthy because the government has committed to net zero by 2050 and although it’s obvious to anybody with half a brain that they don’t truly believe in any of it, this flies in the face of the official line.
But they say it’s compatible because this mine is due to be decommissioned in 2049. No joke.
Energy should be nationalised since it’s essential for keeping society running. Then it doesn’t matter if something is built for emergencies, whereas that can’t exist in the ever expanding profit model.
The supply chain is complex and businesses not knowing whether they are coming or going re staffing, ordering, contracts could be an unmitigated disaster, let alone actually closing for an unknown “few weeks a year”. The global south would inevitably take the biggest hit there, as they have done from government coronavirus measures, <insert sanctioned country here> sanctions or whatever other colonial interference ‘we’ instigate.
Yes it is. And the one big thing that never comes up in all of these discussions is the outdated aging electrical grid here in the US.
Regardless of how you create the energy, if you can’t get it to homes and businesses, what have you really accomplished.
While the world might not collapse, it still causes many unintended consequences that could otherwise have been avoided if those in charge had done their jobs instead of resorting to scare tactics.
Once again, an “all of the above” approach matching the best method and technology based on the unique circumstances and requirements of a given area. Not a “one size fits all” approach that just won’t work in some areas.
Fusion having actually arrived is like Linux taking over the desktop. Ever so often someone makes a big fuss about it being here when it really isn’t. Maybe you have heard the expression, “The year of the Linux desktop”.
Sorry if I left the impression that this meant they were going to start building those things. The researchers said that fusion is still a decade or two away, so nothing’s going to happen anytime soon.
Still you have to wonder if it wasn’t for all the scare mongering about nuclear, would we be a lot closer, or even already have fusion reactors? No sense spending a lot of R&D bucks on something you can’t build.
Definitely a complicated and multi faceted issue, requiring serious people sitting down and working out the problems.
But I guess it’s easier just to let things go to shit, declare an emergency, expand your power and control, and convince the people you’re working hard to keep them safe while they sit shivering in the dark.