Posted by: 1of10boyz | September 12, 2013

54 Billion Tons of CO2 Emissions Displaced By Nuclear Energy and Natural Gas


How green is green. I don’t think that there is any doubt about Nuclear, it emits zero carbon and it is enormous, baseload enormous. When you understand baseload and power distribution you really begin to appreciate that consistent power. Plug for baseload power. Something that China is missing as my wife complains about the frequent planned and unplanned power disruptions at least twice a month.

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54 billion tons of co2 emissions displaced by nuclear energy and natural gas 63964 54 Billion Tons of CO2 Emissions Displaced By Nuclear Energy and Natural Gas

 

According to a new analysis by the Breakthrough Institute, energy produced by nuclear fission and natural gas has saved the country 54 billion tons of carbon dioxide emissions since 1950. Had America’s carbon intensity remained constant at its 1940 levels, today’s annual carbon dioxide emissions would be approximately 1.7 billion tons greater.

In the 1950s, natural gas saw increased popularity, reducing carbon emissions by replacing coal. In the 1970s, nuclear power – which emits no carbon – began expanding as one of the nation’s energy suppliers. In the 1990s renewable geothermal, wind, and solar energy started supplying significant shares of energy.

Though geothermal, wind and solar power had a relatively modest impact on emissions reductions, accounting for 1.5 billion tons over the 60-year period, the switch from dirty energy to nuclear power accounted for half of the total emissions reductions, or 28.1 billion tons over the 60-year period. Similarly…

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