Nuclear energy is renewable?

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As a sort of half-hearted Labour voter I continue to despair about their energy policies. From Tony Blair mixing up the words electricity and energy when negotiating the 2020 renewable energy targets to Ed Milliband delusionally proposing that the UK can freeze electricity prices while simultaneously de-carbonising electricity.

And my despair continues when I read Shadow Energy Secretary Caroline Flint say the following “It’s important to recognise that when you look at the unit cost of electricity generated by nuclear it actually works out cheaper than other forms of renewable energy.”

Now, you can argue over whether nuclear is or is not cheaper than renewable energy, but since when is it renewable energy? Such slips of the tongue should not be made by a politician who has a decent handle on their brief. Hopefully Labour can make Tom Greatrix, a rather sensible and pragmatic guy as far as I can tell, their Shadow Energy Secretary to save themselves from such embarrassment.

 

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4 thoughts on “Nuclear energy is renewable?

    Bill Heintz said:
    February 23, 2014 at 4:09 pm

    Nuclear energy has been referred to as “renewable” quite often by politicians, e.g. George W. Bush, Charlie Crist, and David Sainsbury.

    In 2006, speaking on the topics of economic growth and getting oil from parts of the world where “they simply don’t like us”, US President Bush said: “Nucular power is safe and nucular power is clean and nucular power is renewable”.

    “Bush: U.S. must end dependence on foreign oil”. MSNBC. Associated Press. September 4, 2006. Archived from the original on 2007-11-05. Retrieved 2007-03-11. http://web.archive.org/web/20071105173035/http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/14668738/

    “Governor Crist Opens Florida Summit on Global Climate Change”. flgov.com. 2007-07-12. Retrieved 2007-08-03.

    Minister declares nuclear ‘renewable’ — UK Times

    “UK To Redefine Nuclear Energy As Renewable?”. WISE/NIRS Nuclear Monitor. 2005-11-04. Retrieved 2007-08-03.

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    Nuclear energy is NOT “renewable” « nuclear-news said:
    February 24, 2014 at 5:31 am

    […] ENERGY IS RENEWABLE?https://carboncounter.wordpress.com/2014/02/23/nuclear-energy-is-renewable/ FEBRUARY 23, 2014 ROBERT WILSON As a sort of half-hearted Labour supporter I continue to despair […]

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    Mark Duffett (@MarkDuffett) said:
    February 24, 2014 at 10:04 am

    While James Hansen is not an authority in this area, this quote is fresh in my mind, and it’s not obvious to me why he’s wrong: “Once fast reactors enter the mix of nuclear power plants, our nuclear fuel is inexhaustible on time scales of billions of years, putting nuclear power in the same category as solar power and wind power…”

    http://www.columbia.edu/~jeh1/mailings/2014/20140221_DraftOpinion.pdf

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    prkralex said:
    March 6, 2014 at 9:22 am

    These days, Nuclear is referred as renewable as it is considered to be clean energy. But renewable energy in my view are Hydropower, Wind, Solar, Bio and Geothermal power.

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