Coal Politics

There are at least three political problems with the necessity to shut down coal fired electric plants.

  1. Coal miners will have to find some other income.
  2. Coal mine owners must obviously have plenty of money to lobby against it.
  3. The only realistic alternative is nuclear power, which because of its unnecessary association with the evils of the Cold War is anathema to otherwise sensible liberals.
There is a nuclear reactor design, the Integral Fast Reactor (IFR), that uses a renewaable resource, fissile nuclides. It was cancelled in 1994, but profile on PBS's Frontline, a breeder reactor. The IFR was already proven in a small scale prototype with a generating power worth ten wind turbines, twenty years ago.


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