Mandy While I certainly consider the s to be one of the best decades for music and regard many films, ranging from Rainer Werner Fassbinder's swansong Querelle to Tim Hunter's River's Edgefrom the same era as being among my personal favorites, I have become increasingly disgusted with the entire nostalgia culture trend as is probably most popularly epitomized by the obscenely overrated Netflix series Stranger Things. A degradingly derivative, conspicuously contrived, and politically correct Spielbergian pseudo-artistic con featuring gay little racially ambiguous boys as heroes and a mostly mute baby dyke as a heroine, the preposterously popular show, not unlike the films of sub human turd Tarantino, indubitably reveals more about the artistic and cultural bankruptcy of our age than its actual true worth as popular entertainment.
Posted on July 19, by curryja Comments by Judith Curry Right about now would be a good time for people who care about climate change to acknowledge our clean energy crisis.
Excerpts from their About page: EP was founded to address the two most serious threats to environmental progress: How do humans save nature? By caring for people. Poor nations access cheap and reliable energy to grow more food on less land, create jobs in cities, and reduce fertility.
Unfortunately, both of these strategies are increasingly opposed by powerful interests. Using a variety of policy and regulatory mechanisms, large NGOs, European governments, and financial institutions in rich countries are forcing the closure of our largest source of clean energy, nuclear power plants, all while diverting funding from cheap and reliable power to expensive and unreliable off-grid solutions incapable of lifting billions from poverty.
Our ambitions are immodest: Our strategy is to build a grassroots social movement capable of changing minds and policies. We seek first to stop the premature closure of nuclear plants, restart shuttered plants, and increase the rate at which nations build new nuclear plants, whether Generation III or Gen IV.
Second, we seek to motivate policymakers, private banks and public financial institutions to significantly reduce the cost and increase the availability of credit for inexpensive baseload electricity in nations where people still rely on wood and dung as their primary energy. I strongly encourage you to read the whole thing, but here are some excerpts.
Clean low-carbon energy as a percentage of electricity globally has been on the decline for the last 20 years — from 37 to 32 percent since the mids.
This is not just because fossil energy is increasing faster than clean energy. When countries like Germany and states like California deploy large amounts of intermittent renewables like solar and wind, they must use a lot of natural gas or coal as back-up. California emissions have actually declined less over the last 15 years than the U.
In both California and Germany, the premature closure of nuclear plants was another major reason for higher emissions. Yes, since the IPCC has stressed the need for an expansion of nuclear to deal with climate change.
Everywhere the underlying reason is the same: On one extreme lies Germany, which decided to speed up the closure of its nuclear plants following Fukushima. In Sweden the government imposed a special tax on nuclear.
And states across the nation have enacted Renewable Portfolio Standards, RPS, that mandate rising wind and solar, and that exclude nuclear. In countries like Germany and Sweden governments are openly closing economical nuclear plants.
In the US, economical nuclear plants are being closed or threatened 10, 20 — even 40 years before a full life. Nuclear plants are being closed off prematurely both because they are excluded from federal and state clean energy policies and the fracking boom.
Solar and wind receive many times more in subsidies than nuclear. Meanwhile, 30 states, including Illinois, exclude nuclear from their Renewable Portfolio Standards. The actual cost of solar panels and wind turbines have declined, but as they become a larger percentage of our electricity, their value declines.
That means they require very large quantities of back-up power, since the grid must have the same amount of power being produced as is being consumed at any given time. Intermittent power has to be backed up by an equivalent capacity of dispatchable power, and that usually means fast-ramping gas plants that can rapidly adjust to chaotic surges and slumps of wind and solar power.
As wind and solar capacity swells without displacing conventional capacity, the grid enters a spiral of persistent and rising overcapacity that lowers prices even further as more gigawatts fight for market share.
More and more intermittent capacity has to be pushed onto the grid to get less and less additional renewable electricity. The dynamic of soaring overcapacity and falling prices is the inevitable result of the fundamental inability of intermittent wind and solar generators to efficiently match supply to demand.
Solar and wind cannot provide the cheap electricity needed to power factories and cities — which are the keys to development, as well as sparing nature in the countryside. And neither solar panels nor more efficient cookstoves are substitutes for wood fuel, upon which three billion people still depend.
Until the early-seventies, nuclear was embraced by liberals and environmentalists including the Sierra Club. Is nuclear really low-carbon energy? According to a review of the evidence, the United Nations Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change says nuclear is two to four times less carbon-intensive than solar.Books at Amazon.
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