13 Feb '12, 3pm

Can Efficiency Counter a Loss of Nuclear Power?

The carbon dioxide intensity of Japan’s energy mix rose after some nuclear plants were shut down last year. In an era when almost every energy technology is unpopular with somebody, the people who don’t want wind turbines, generating stations or new transmission lines installed in their neighborhoods often raise the idea of improving energy efficiency as an alternative. That argument is particularly common in New York State and in Vermont, where state governments are trying to close nuclear reactors within their borders. So, how effectively can efficiency replace a reactor, making up for the loss of this zero-carbon energy source? Not very, according to a new study of carbon dioxide output in Japan in the months around the Fukushima disaster. Figures collected by the Breakthrough Institute , a group that often presents contrarian views on environmentalism and energy conser...

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