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Reuters Report on New Nuclear Build in the U.K.

Found this clip on YouTube today that gives a nice overview of the decision by the U.K. government to approve a new generation of nuclear power plants.

As for the Greenpeace spokesman who claimed that replacing gas-fired generation with nuclear-generated electricity wouldn't make a dent in greenhouse gas emissions, how in the world does he explain why France, which generates about 75% of its electricity from nuclear energy, has one of the smallest carbon footprints in the world?

For more on total lifecycle emissions, click here.

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Stephen said…
The talking head idiot they have on there states that "Replacing 10 gas power plants with 10 nuclear would reduce emissions by 4%"

To me, that actually sounds like a damn lot. I can't even think of any single action that could reduce emissions of a country by that much. Now you consider that gas is about 1/4 the co2 of coal and if you replace 10 coal plants with 10 nuclear plants then you figure that you could reduce emissions by 16%?

That's quite a lot. Electrical generation is actually the single largest co2 producer in most countries, in the US it's about three times light trucks and cars. That's a place you can make a HUGE dent!

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