A nice figure
So we can save up to 10 Tg of CO2 over the next 15 years by … not building nuclear power plants and saving 1010 GBP = 10 GGBP on the way? Excellent. So why aren’t we doing it? Probably because economists have not learnt to subtract. Probably because nobody makes serious bling that way. Probably because no big centralized, transnational corporations get tax subsidies to build nuclear power plants that way.
And even after all that, if we still want to save more, it is cheaper to go for renewables than nuclear. Our local Westmill Wind Farm Co-operative recently had a share offer asking for 3.75 MGBP to build a wind farm, and people sent in 4 MGBP. People are willing and able to do the right thing.
By the way, after talking with Derek Wall and reading his works, I think the traditional green-politics slogan “neither left nor right, but forward” can be translated into the green-economics slogan “neither the state nor the market, but communities”.
Also tangentially, I went to New Lanark this weekend, which was a pioneering exemplar of appropriate use of natural resources (though not without its own historical problems) … maybe more on that (and various other things) later….
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