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Has there been a forecast about when coal fired generation would be phased out completely? Or a forecast on the percentage of coal fired generation to be kept at a never to exceed value?
"Clean energy advocates say the proposal will cost ratepayers more in the long run by defunding energy efficiency and clean energy measures...." Apparently, nuclear advocates aren't allowed to join the Klean Energy Klub yet. Is there a password or secret handshake? Does nuclear have to be more like renewables - to start and stop randomly, or only be available at certain times of the...
PJ, removing fuel from Fukushima's reactors will take about two years, but due to radioactive decay Fukushima Prefecture has already decommissioned itself. Right now, radiation in Fukushima City is . 12 µSv/hr - forty percent lower than my kitchen (.20 µSv/hr), thanks to my radioactive granite countertops.
My favorite comparison of radiation levels is how much higher natural radiation levels are in Denver, due to higher elevation, than sea level-- to the point that such levels were at one point (or likely still are) considered dangerous when measured elsewhere
Matt, surprisingly the main reason for high radiation levels in Denver isn't altitude - it's high levels of radon gas in the Eastern Rockies. Also, Denver residents are statistically less prone to be affected by radiation than others with similar exposure. Healthier lifestyle? Hormesis? There's no conclusive evidence as to why that's the case.