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The feasibility of switching to nuclear power

   Based on the empirical data from the Swedish light water reactor program of 1962-1986, the; potential for global nuclear power expansion to replace fossil fuel electricity production was estimated.

   The data shows that if the  world built nuclear power at the per capita rate of Sweden during its expansion, fossil fuel electricity could be replaced within 5 years. Taking in to account relevant factors such as the relative economic output, current and past unit construction time and costs, future electricity demand growth projections and the decommissioning of existing nuclear plants, the estimate is that the global share of fossil fuel electricity could be replaced in 25± 2 years.

   This assumes that the relative expenditure globally does not exceed that of Sweden during its expansion. Given the increasing urgency regarding changes in the earth's climate due to greenhouse gas emissions from fossil fuel sources, this can be considered a rather conservative assumption.

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Can We Solve the Energy Problem Without Nuclear Power?

The American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS) held a symposium on February 15 addressing the question of whether greenhouse gas emissions from global energy production can be cut by 80% by 2050. Dr. Richard Lester, chairman of MIT's Department of Nuclear Engineering, delivered an insightful examination of whether this can be accomplished without nuclear power. He has been kind enough to allow us to post the entirety of his talk on our website for the benefit of our readers. His perspicacity in elucidating the issues will likely be appreciated by those who are serious about the interlocking issues of climate change and energy production. Click here to read the entire speech.

We won

"Integral Fast Reactors CAN WILL Power the Planet"

We won...

The official results for the MIT Climate CoLab contests were announced last Friday. Thanks to the support of people from around the world, our proposal envisioning a path to an energy-abundant future was far and away the top vote-getter, garnering 665 votes.

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Tom made final cut in Climate Colab Competition

The Center for Collective Intelligence at MIT has developed a competition whose goal is “to harness the collective intelligence of thousands of people from all around the world to address global climate change.”

Tom Blees, the president of the Science Council for Global Initiatives, has submitted a proposal for solving the climate change challenge by worldwide deployment of integral fast reactors (IFR). His proposal has made it into the final round of judging and is now being voted on by the public. If it either garners sufficient votes or is supported by the judges, Tom will be invited to present the proposal at an MIT conference in November. Previous winners have sometimes been given the opportunity to present their proposals to the UN and the US Congress.

If you’d like to read the proposal and support it with your vote, you can find it here. On the right side of that site you will see a link to vote, which requires a brief registration procedure:

  1. Make sure to put at least 8 characters in your password
  2. The bio and photo are entirely optional, you can disregard those fields.

With your support and vote, we can present the IFR to MIT and beyond.


Tom is Finalist in MIT Climate CoLab Competition

An email from Tom Blees...

"I submitted a proposal for widespread IFR deployment to the MIT Climate CoLab competition, and it passed the first hurdle and is being considered in what I suppose could be called the semi-finals, or maybe the finals. There are a number of categories and only one actual prize, but if it gets to the final stage I'll be able to present the pitch at their conference, which could be good exposure. The chance of actually winning all the marbles at MIT is a lottery-scale long shot, of course.

"If you visit the page with my proposal on it, you can click on the link at the top right that says "Support proposal". It will, however, require a registration process that will take about 30 seconds. I don't know whether or not it makes any difference to the judges how many people support a given proposal, but it might. Anyway, you can at least direct people to it who wish to get an overview of IFR potential."
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