Clean energy vs nuclear: the battle intensifies

After all, #fuqafukushima, #NuclearizedWater doesn’t freeze!

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Former top Obama aide Rahm Emanuel is now Mayor of Chicago. And he's joined forces with clean energy advocates who have a different vision of the state's energy future than Exelon. Photo from Wikipedia. Former top Obama aide Rahm Emanuel is now Mayor of Chicago. And he’s joined forces with clean energy advocates who have a different vision of the state’s energy future than Exelon. Photo from Wikipedia.

In theory, the “all of the above” energy policy has a certain amount of appeal: why should government pick winners and losers? Why not–since no one knows the future–as a matter of policy pursue all energy sources?

One obvious issue is the availability of sufficient resources to effectively support all energy sources.

But there is a much more fundamental problem that makes “all of the above” a PR tagline, not a real energy policy: some energy sources are simply incompatible with others.

Specifically, as we’ve pointed out in these pages many times, the 20th century “baseload” power approach of electricity generation and distribution–reliant on large nuclear and coal plants–does not work in a 21st century energy…

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