Nuclear only viable fossil fuel replacement

Duncan – Zero carbon from power industry fuels – now? Only nuclear has that capability! Thirty per cent of Canada’s electric power is from fossil fuels of which Alberta is 13 per cent and Saskatchewan 11 per cent.

Reactor design has changed, a lot! People, then weigh nuclear risk with increasing carbon emissions and there is no other choice! Replacing fossil fuels with solar and wind is a pipe dream – solar works only 20 per cent of design capacity on average and wind 30 to 50 per cent and includes no power production.

Nuclear is over 90 per cent, continuous. Ignoring economics is equally naive as solar/wind are most expensive of any power. Geothermal is years away and expensive if practical, Hydro has run out of land and now water! Candu reactor design as well as others use natural uranium or low enriched fuels or spent fuels from “old design” reactors as well as thorium which produce little if any radioactivity – at half cost of solar/wind! Work with industry not against to eliminate fossil fuels. Start in Alberta to replace coal fired power plants plus natural gas as heat for in-situ oil recovery process. Feasibility studies already done! Think SMRs – small modular reactors – constructed in a shop, hauled to site close to demand, installed and operating, all in three years.

Force a change individually, as waiting for government or industry is continuation of current program. Learn facts then make your voice heard – hurry!

Bob Conibear

Duncan

Cowichan Valley Citizen

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