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The Science Council for Global Initiatives (SCGI) is an international NGO dedicated to uplifting the standards of living of people of all nations while repairing our damaged environment.
With the change in administration, we can look forward to a different view on energy, and on the prospects for moving forward with nuclear power and with nuclear recycling. The new administration will certainly be interested in a robust energy economy. Natural gas should be plentiful (fracking and pipelines). Likewise oil, a long as the Middle-east is relatively stable. Wind and solar will be less aggressively subsidized, and I suspect conventional nuclear will be acceptable. Anti-nukes will do their thing, but governmental bottlenecks should be fewer. So, for conventional nuclear power, opportunity, but not a tremendous government push.
Without 'negative emissions' to help return atmospheric CO2 to 350 ppm, future generations could face costs that 'may become too heavy to bear,' says James Hansen, lead author of a new study urgently calling for removal of carbon dioxide from the atmosphere.
A recent article in Engineering News argued that wind and solar could provide the bulk of South Africa’s power at the least cost. Dr Tobias Bischof-Niemz argued that building 22 GW of wind and solar capacity and 8 GW of “backup” (in the form of coal and/or gas) was the sensible solution to supplying a reliable 8 GW of electrical power to South Africa. Apparently his argument is that the amount of money saved on fuel will outweigh the cost of such extreme overbuilding.
Having seen actual results of such folly based on computer modelling and other types of simulations, one can be forgiven for being skeptical of such claims.