Fine by me

Power bills are going up in 2018.

Georgia Power said on Wednesday that its customers’ bills would rise $12 a month starting in 2018 if the utility gains state and federal approvals to build two new 1,100 megawatt nuclear reactors at Plant Vogtle near Waynesboro.

You know, only France has a lower increase in greenhouse gas emissions than the U.S. From 1997 to 2004 the signers of the Kyoto Protocol excluding France increased their greenhouse gas emissions by 21.1%, the non-signors excluding the U.S. increased by 10%, the U.S. increased by 6.6%, and France by 5%.

I’ll note the irony that the non-signatories increased less than the signatories, though to be fair that’s mostly because those countries are crap holes in the deserts and jungles of the world without running water or regular electricity anyway.

In any event, France was lower than the U.S. due in large part to nuclear energy. We really need to get back to the atom in this country for power.

6 comments

  1. FinanceBuzz says:

    I do not necessarily buy the whole greenhouse gas argument, but I do agree that we should be using more nuclear power. I do not see harm in decreasing greenhouse emissions so why not. For those who do accept global warming as a fact, to not support nuclear power says more about having an agenda than genuine concern over greenhouse gases.

  2. Harry says:

    The warmers burn as much gas as the rest of us, but they want the government to solve the “problem”.

  3. Icarus says:

    By 2018, a significant portion of the cars on the road will be plug-in hybrids. In addition to the growth from the numbers of people moving here, the demands on the power grid will come from a shift from oil to electricity.

    If we want the air to be as clean or cleaner than now (GA Power’s coal plants are GA’s biggest polluters), then nuclear really is the best option.

  4. Jessica says:

    I expect to see a rise in American use of nuclear power as the nuclear weapons stockpile continues to age and as/if dearmament progresses at a higher pace. Gotta do something with all that nuclear material.

  5. Technocrat says:

    Unfortunately, Southern Nuclear’s 2 new 1100 MW [Vogtle 3&4 online in 2017?] costing an estimated 14 Billion will represent on 1/3 of the needed increase.

    Something about a 18% demand growth over 9 years and a 5% [based on 42,000 MW base for 4 states] production capacity increase leaves little room for further coal substitution.
    In order to get away from coal and Nat Gas we would need 10 more Vogtles not 2.

  6. Icarus says:

    “In order to get away from coal and Nat Gas we would need 10 more Vogtles not 2.”

    Let’s do it.

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