The 4th generation reactor technology they are talking about (which has been around since the 1980's) recycles spent nuclear fuel rods and nuclear war heads. They make a bold case.
Silver Buckshot or Bullet: Is a Future “Energy Mix” Necessary?
- Barry W. Brook -- Faculty of Science, Engineering & Technology, University of Tasmania, Australia
- Tom Blees -- Science Council for Global Initiatives, North Fort Myers, FL 33903, USA
- Tom M. L. Wigley -- National Center for Atmospheric Research, Boulder, CO 80307, USA
- Sanghyun Hong -- School of Biological Sciences, University of Adelaide, Adelaide 5005, Australia
Sustainability Journal: Special Issue Nuclear Waste Management and Sustainability of Nuclear Systems
The entire paper is very readable -- unlike the typical academic papers.Abstract
To displace fossil fuels and achieve the global greenhouse-gas emissions reductions required to meet the Paris Agreement on climate change, the prevalent argument is that a mix of different low-carbon energy sources will need to be deployed. Here we seek to challenge that viewpoint.
We argue that a completely decarbonized, energy-rich and sustainable future could be achieved with a dominant deployment of next-generation nuclear fission and associated technologies for synthesizing liquid fuels and recycling waste. By contrast, non-dispatchable energy sources like wind and solar energy are arguably superfluous, other than for niche applications, and run the risk of diverting resources away from viable and holistic solutions. For instance, the pairing of variable renewables with natural-gas backup fails to address many of the entrenched problems we seek to solve. Our conclusion is that, given the urgent time frame and massive extent of the energy-replacement challenge, half-measures that distract from or stymie effective policy and infrastructure investment should be avoided.
Full text -- http://www.mdpi.com/2071-1050/10/2/302/htm
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