Thursday, September 13, 2007

nuclear op-ed in nzherald

here.

wow, the herald might be starting to realise that energy systems are complex and can't be dictated by fiat. what's next? reasoned debate and informed journalism?
to give proper credit, they've recoginised two of the biggies:
  1. nuclear scale alone makes it unfeasible in NZ unless we can get them down to sub-GW scales
  2. while nz is blessed with natural energy resources, we haven't backed that potential with development.
basically, we are price takers for whatever technology other countries have developed and most of them aren't piling loads of cash into the resources we have e.g. geothermal and marine. coincidently, aussie isn't exactly throwing wads of cash at solar and that just seems bizarre.

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