31 Jan '16, 3pm

Climate Holism vs. Climate Reductionism

Climate Holism vs. Climate Reductionism

Reductionism’s third drawback is that it leads to responses that just won’t work. One of the most popular proposed climate change responses (among policy elites, anyway) is the notion of building thousands of new nuclear power plants globally. But the nuclear industry is effectively moribund nearly everywhere except China because it is incapable of delivering new reactors on time and at budget, needs massive government subsidies, and produces wastes that nobody knows what to do with. Market prices of nuclear electricity are low, but external social costs (including liability insurance funded by taxpayers) are not reflected in this price; if they were, nuclear would be a much more expensive electricity source. Another favorite of reductionists is carbon capture and storage (CCS) technology, which catches and buries carbon dioxide from coal power plants. This technology work...

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