So they can build them way cheaper than we can build them. So, the two have a foundation of credibility as they look to the successes of other nations who are tackling climate and energy issues using nuclear power grids. With India and China bringing out thousands of people out of the pernicious clutch of poverty, there is a burgeoning demand for energy from these two countries that have hitherto been ravenous consumers of coal. As I tell my students, if I thought it was possible to decarbonize our world without nuclear, I'd be all for it, but analysis after analysis shows that it's not possible. Wind turbines could also make the same amount of electricity in a year, but replacing Ringhals would actually require about three times the power capacity because wind is variable and produces about a third of its peak capacity on average. Finland has started to build theirs the the Swedish one is approved there are methods to do this.
Announcer: Which countries are moving ahead and which are moving backward in the transition to a clean economy? I know some of my co-panelists will also talk about some other progress in Europe too. I think the first thing we all need to do is not shut off our low carbon energy that we have. A continuing reliance on nuclear power coupled with emission containing measures such as a revenue neutral carbon fee of the likes being administered in the Canadian province of British Columbia will, in the opinion of the authors go a long way towards the path of attaining decarbonisation. There's been a polling when people are asked how many people, this question basically, how many people do you think died or got injured in Three Mile Island or in Fukushima and Chernobyl. The metric that matters here is carbon going into the atmosphere. We know very well how to handle waste safely.
If you include that in the cost of competing electricity generation such as natural gas or coal that immediately changes the economic landscape. Like in Sweden, nobody has died except in occasional industrial accidents unrelated to the power source , almost no carbon has been emitted, and hundreds of thousands of lives have been saved compared with burning coal which still produces a substantial amount of electricity in the United States. In this book, the authors look at what strategies have actually worked to lower greenhouse gas emissions. Greg Dalton: Climate One is a special project of The Commonwealth Club of California. Countries like Sweden that use everything renewables, hydro and nuclear have lowered their emissions far more effectively.
If we have a big increase in nuclear power to address the climate crisis we should ramp up those safety controls and do more and make sure that there's no failure but so far that system is working. If you are unable to pick up the book, please call us to arrange shipping. Would humans not band together and use all our resources to save ourselves? Even before it considered climate change, Sweden decided kärnkraft was superior to coal, oil, methane, wind, or solar power—or suffering energy scarcity as the country shivered through cold winters. While relying on renewables as a source of energy is a wonderful proposition, the authors engage in a comparability between a policy having renewables as its focus and an alternative one based on nuclear energy. And Staffan Qvist, an energy consultant and co-author with Joshua Goldstein of A Bright Future. France built fifty-six kärnkraft units in twenty years, has 70 percent lower carbon emissions per person than the United States, and enjoys the cheapest electricity in Europe.
If you like the program, please let us know by writing a review on iTunes, or wherever you get your podcasts. Joshua Goldstein: Yeah, so backing up for a second on the safety issue and then the proliferation is kind of a similar answer. Female Participant: Hi, thank you. A pound of coal, if you turn it to electricity, will power an American-style house for about an hour;. If you allow everyone to contribute that's going to be a better system and that's what history has shown us and that's actually what modeling shows us as well. So there are efforts in the U.
Joshua Goldstein, you have an interesting story for how you were inspired by a loved one to get into this tell us that. Their people enjoyed prosperity and growing energy use in harmony with the natural environment. My son became a climate activist. Goldstein will present a lecture at the Aquarium to discuss the potential role for nuclear power in addressing climate change. France, Belgium, and Switzerland did more or less the same thing. Staffan Qvist: Well, this is a very interesting issue of information and the public sphere being kind of misguided or misguiding I would say.
Greg Dalton is talking about the transition to carbon-free economies with Sonia Aggarwal, Vice President of energy at the consulting firm Energy Innovation. Norway has ambitions to swap its dependence on oil for clean energy in relatively short order. Tyler Reed is our producer. If you include that in the cost, that immediately changes the economic landscape. It averages 24 terawatt-hours of electricity generated in a normal year. The audio engineers are Mark Kirchner and Justin Norton. Sonia Aggarwal: It is absolutely possible to put together a portfolio of zero carbon resources that delivers electricity reliably.
And join us next time for another conversation about energy, the economy, and the environment. Goldstein is coauthor with Jon C. But Sweden is kind of the size of a typical U. Up next on Climate One. Solar is 90% cheaper than it was 10 years ago wind at 70% cheaper batteries are 80% cheaper than they were. And then we want to start to electrify transportation we all be driving electric cars and we want to electrify building heating and industry and we want to create alternative fuel so that something like aviation fuel could be made carbon neutral. A Bright Future starts with a bang.
His research on vision, language, and social relations has won prizes from the National Academy of Sciences, the Royal Institution of Great Britain, the Cognitive Neuroscience Society, and the Association for Psychological Science. Goldstein has published articles in Foreign Affairs, Foreign Policy, American Political Science Review, Journal of Conflict Resolution, and International Studies Quarterly, among others, and Op Ed pieces in The New York Times, Washington Post, and elsewhere. So a huge difference in the labor but cheaper but mostly it's the construction methodology the effort to keep costs down hold different way of contracting. And these are the trends Nick Kristof is talking about that people are getting more income and especially getting more energy, this is really great. But clean energy continued to advance with a record amount of new solar capacity.