A contentious cartoon about renewable energy

Nuclear power is the answer

Nuclear power versus renewable energy

This cartoon raised the ire of some readers, because Hector can’t really think of why he doesn’t support renewable energy and flippantly says it’s because it looks funny. Of course there are problems with the efficiency of wind and solar and in storing that energy, but it is still early days for the renewables industry. If half as much money invested in fossil fuel and nuclear research had been used to subsidise wind and solar in the last fifty years, we would be seeing much better wind and solar energy generation. (more…)

Nuclear Power Series

Update: Tenner films contacted me on twitter about some short films they have made. This one, in particular, highlights the problem with nuclear waste for future generations:

Can nuclear power truly be green (not just the glow in the dark kind)? Is it enough that it is low carbon emission, when you have to deal with nuclear waste? It is almost impossible to dispose of spent fuel rods completely safely for thousands and thousands of years. I was listening to an NPR Environment podcast where they were talking about how you can communicate to future generations that there is a nuclear waste dump in an area, when you can’t guarantee that thousands of years from now those generations will have the same languages, writing or visual symbols. (more…)