Nuclear slow to come online

2008-03-09

in Canada, Economics, Politics, The environment

Peace Tower and Parliamentary Library

A number of news sources are reporting that Ontario is starting a competitive bidding process for a new nuclear reactor. The seriousness of climate change does compel us to at least consider nuclear as an option, though it is entirely possible that the non-climatic risks involved may rule it out as a good idea.

In any case, one line in one article jumped out at me:

Construction would begin within the next decade.

Recently constructed nuclear plants have tended to face significant delays before and during construction, on account of both construction problems and legal challenges. The overall timeline shows just how challenging it will be to achieve significant emission cuts before 2020 by rejigging large emitters. Hitting 2020 levels of 25-40% below 1990 levels is vital if developed states are to get on the path to deep cuts by 2050 and stabilization in the 450 to 550 ppm range.

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{ 3 comments… read them below or add one }

Emily Horn March 10, 2008 at 3:53 am

The Parliamentary library has never looked so menacing! (nice shot!)

Anon March 10, 2008 at 9:00 am

Tough new green plan targets oil sands
Regulations, which also apply to coal-fired power plants, would force future projects to store greenhouse-gas emissions underground

BRIAN LAGHI

From Monday’s Globe and Mail

March 10, 2008 at 2:20 AM EDT

OTTAWA — Ottawa will unveil new climate-change regulations this week that would force new oil sands projects and coal-fired electricity plants to capture and store the bulk of their greenhouse gases rather than spew them into the air.

. March 10, 2008 at 11:05 am

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