Mar. 16th, 2009

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As Gore notes, he was at one point a very active nuclear power supporter. All the way back to the Clinch River Breeder Reactor days at least. Recall, he represented the state of Oak Ridge National Laboratories and a big chunk of nuclear-friendly TVA. Lots of interesting tidbits sprinkled through this interview.

Gore On Lovelock, Nuclear Power and Climate Change Sceptics - Guardian (UK) - 16 Mar 09

"James Lovelock has forgotten more about science than I will ever learn. But in analysing political systems he is perhaps allowing his understandable frustration with the way politicians have dealt with this crisis to obscure some of the opportunities for change in the political system. There are tipping points in nature, but there are also tipping points in politics."

"If you're looking at the trends towards more conservation and the rapid introduction of renewables, it's hard for you to project what your demand is going to be with as much precision as when the world was more predictable. As a result, you are less inclined to take all of your money and place one big bet on something that matures 12-15 years from now at an uncertain cost. That what's called a 'lumpy investment' and they want smaller increments that give them smaller flexibility."

"For the eight years that I spent in the White House every nuclear weapons proliferation problem we dealt with was connected to a reactor programme. People have said for years that there are now completely different [nuclear] technologies. OK, but if you have a team of scientists that can build a reactor, and you're a dictator, you can make them work at night to build a nuclear weapon. That's what's happened in North Korea and Iran. And in Libya before they gave it up. So the idea of, say, Chad, Burma, and Sudan having lots of nuclear reactors is insane and it's not going to happen."
webfarmer: (Default)
As Gore notes, he was at one point a very active nuclear power supporter. All the way back to the Clinch River Breeder Reactor days at least. Recall, he represented the state of Oak Ridge National Laboratories and a big chunk of nuclear-friendly TVA. Lots of interesting tidbits sprinkled through this interview.

Gore On Lovelock, Nuclear Power and Climate Change Sceptics - Guardian (UK) - 16 Mar 09

"James Lovelock has forgotten more about science than I will ever learn. But in analysing political systems he is perhaps allowing his understandable frustration with the way politicians have dealt with this crisis to obscure some of the opportunities for change in the political system. There are tipping points in nature, but there are also tipping points in politics."

"If you're looking at the trends towards more conservation and the rapid introduction of renewables, it's hard for you to project what your demand is going to be with as much precision as when the world was more predictable. As a result, you are less inclined to take all of your money and place one big bet on something that matures 12-15 years from now at an uncertain cost. That what's called a 'lumpy investment' and they want smaller increments that give them smaller flexibility."

"For the eight years that I spent in the White House every nuclear weapons proliferation problem we dealt with was connected to a reactor programme. People have said for years that there are now completely different [nuclear] technologies. OK, but if you have a team of scientists that can build a reactor, and you're a dictator, you can make them work at night to build a nuclear weapon. That's what's happened in North Korea and Iran. And in Libya before they gave it up. So the idea of, say, Chad, Burma, and Sudan having lots of nuclear reactors is insane and it's not going to happen."

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