Re: Tell me again....
"...the Progress of Civilization!" Please! This is not progress and we are becoming less civilized.
Google 'Julian Simon'. EVERY generation has had a better life than the last, for ALL recorded history. And, for as long as there are records, people have complained that things were getting worse. And they have ALWAYS been wrong.
By the way, when, in a nuclear plant's life cycle does the energy output equal the energy input; into the physical plant (steel, concrete, plastic, etc.) and the mining and refining of the fuel and/or the spent fuel recovery system?
What on earth are you talking about? Energy transfer can NEVER be 100% efficient. You don't seem to understand basic laws of thermodynamics. And there is no particular need for any generating plant to be more efficient than market pressures dictate - it just has to provide the right amount of energy when and where we need it...
At what future date does a new nuke become a carbon reducer?
I do not understand what you mean. If you can define this I can answer you
We cannot demand others do more with less while we ourselves continue to waste both old and new energy streams.
We can't DEMAND anything of anybody. That is the language of dictatorship. And we can't 'waste' energy. Energy will always be available to us, and we can use it how we like. The idea that living a civilised life somehow 'wastes' things was comprehensively disproven by Simon back in the 1970s.
This will be difficult but to not do anything will be harder. What do we have to do that is more important that insuring our kids have something to grow up in, besides "Road Warrior" scenaria of outlaw refineries and armed tanker convoys?
Someone should introduce you to the real world, as opposed to Hollywood. Those images are STORIES, right? They won't happen. If you want to think in those terms, why shouldn't Superman will come and save us? Get a life. Go out for a walk. Bring a dog, then you won't get lost. By the way, 'insuring' isn't the right word...
If you don't think AGW is real fine. The world is still cooking and we still need to try to reduce that.
A slight temperature increase throughout the 1980/90s has now halted, and we have been on a slight cooling trend for the last dozen years. Looking across geological time, the planet is currently its coldest for almost 300 million years, and an ice age is overdue...
If we can't we can't, but we tried. We also need to start mitigating the damage that will be caused by rising seas and failing farm regions.
If it's going to get warmer and wetter (as I noticed the last climate change claims during the rains) then that will really improve agriculture. What's the problem?
The next 10 years will be crucial.
Funny, that. In 1970 it was the next 20 years that were going to be crucial, by 1980 Greenies were talking about 10 years - in 1988 it was Ted Danson who said we had ten years to save the oceans. We’ve heard that story before. In fact, we’ve only had ten years to save the planet, well, for years. Gore said we had 10 years left before frying-pan time, in 2006. Hansen said that we had 4 years left, in 2009. Add your prediction to the list. It won't make it any more true....