Nukes Are Back!
The automobile industry is transitioning to electric vehicles. But, where’s the juice? Where does it come from?
“Between 2009 and 2019,” writes Robert Rapier in a recent Forbes article, “global consumption of renewable energy grew at an annual average of 13.4%. Over that time, renewable energy consumption grew from 8.2 exajoules (EJ) globally to 28.8 EJ. Yet, global carbon dioxide emissions rose by more than 4 billion metric tons per year during that time, reaching an all-time high in 2019.”
“Renewables are growing at a much faster rate,” Rapier contends, “but it will take decades at the current growth rates before renewables can make a serious dent in global carbon dioxide emissions.”
This is why nuclear power is becoming a bigger part of the energy conversation. It meets consumers’ demands for more energy and it meets the green goals of zero carbon emissions.
As soon as you say it: Three Mile Island, Chernobyl, and Fukushima quickly come to mind. Nukes have a rap sheet all their own.