”But Nukes”

An explosive silver bullet.

Examples

[BRET] We aren’t 1950 Nuclear Power is the number one energy source its clean and produces more energy.

[CYAN] Bill Gates could end climate change. Think about that. He could do this if people let him realize his vision around nuclear power. The government is incapable of doing what he’s doing.

[DANIEL] Nuclear power paves the only viable path forward on climate change.

[ROBERT] The greens blocking of nuclear power demonstrates for all to see that they don’t believe for a minute all their screaming about global warming doomsday.

Objections and Replies

(Costs) Who cares what they cost if they solve the problem—
Reply. How about eternal serfdom and suffering? Srsly, constraints matter.

(Independence) Nukes don’t use a source that is connected to the Sun—
Reply. The argument omits that our power plants still depend on climatic stability (e.g. fukushima), that we humans depend on climate, and that energy production depends on its affordability.

(Lobby) There is a powerful lobby against nuclear—
Reply. Even the greens agree we should maintain our old nuke plants.

(Number One) Nuclear Power is the number one energy source—
Reply. It’s an important part of many countries’ portfolios. It could play a bigger role, it could play a lesser role. We should keep what we have.

(Stigma) The anti-nuclear stigma has likely caused damage—
Reply. To call it a stigma implies it’s unjustified, which is far from clear. Public resistance might have been less if the industry got its act together.

Notes

{Alpha} The only way to replace fossil fuels is to replace fossil fuels.

{Closed} Going nuclear means closing markets and centralising controls.

{Loss} Pitting nukes vs renewables is a losing proposition since it already lost.

{Marshall} A Marshallian plan to power the Western world with nukes is past us. Too late now. Some places will need them, but it’s too risky, too expensive, too slow to go bullish on nukes.

{Mystery} Why are anarcho-capitalists so enamoured with nuclear may always remain a mystery to me.

{See also} #ButNukes fans often rely on #ButRenewables.

{Sufficiency} There’s a difference between saying that nukes would solve the problem, only nukes can solve the problem, and nukes is part of our toolkit and we need all the tools we got. The first claim is hard to verify, the second claim is obviously false, so all we got left is what I take to be a truism.

Readings

2017-11. Going Nuclear.

2017-10. Electrify Everything.