According to today’s Statesman, “the Austin City Council is expected today to decline an invitation to invest in two new nuclear reactors“.
Some predictable responses are quoted:
“We need more energy, but we don’t need to destroy our planet in the process of getting it,” said Cyrus Reed, conservation director of the Lone Star chapter of the Sierra Club.
“If you look at the demand for electric power, and likely constraints on carbon emissions,” said [Richard] Lester, who helped author a 2003 MIT report, The Future of Nuclear Power, “I just don’t see any chance of squaring the circle without a significant increase of nuclear power.”
That or carbon capture/sequestration, or both, as I see it. I could be wrong, but here’s another case where we need to start with the global numbers and work back to the local, not the other way around.