Nuclear = one planet living

Hi all,

the PDF explains that the entire human race is currently consuming at 1.5 earths. That is, it takes 1.5 years for the earth to reproduce the resources we use in 1 year. But if the entire human race lived a European lifestyle, that would be 3 earths, and if we all lived as North Americans do it would be 5 earths!

Here’s the thing — while there is a lot we need to do in sustainable agriculture, water recycling and efficiency, sustainable forestry, reducing fishing, and rolling out land efficient and energy efficient New Urbanism as fast as we can, it is obvious from the graph below that the single greatest thing we can do to bring the human race’s consumption back into one planet living guidelines is eliminate fossil fuels from our energy diet. This is why I am so passionate about exponentially increasing our renewable energy and rolling out all the nuclear we need to back that up. That is, I’d like to see Australia try a half nuclear, half renewable energy grid.

Peak oil looks like it is turning into ‘plateau’ oil, that is, a long plateau of higher priced oil, which may alleviate some of our oil concerns but is incredibly bad from a climate perspective. I’m hoping that EV’s can soon come in much cheaper than fossil fuel cars, and Elon Musk’s Tesla vehicles hope to be producing a family priced car in 2015. That, and an increase in New Urban energy efficient housing and city plans spreading around the world, could hopefully reduce our energy needs.

But replacing dirty fossil fuels with clean renewables and nuclear power will have the fastest effect on our one planet living! If we just roll these out over the next few decades, they could help keep us under ‘one planet living’, maybe even as the population rises!

Footprint 2012

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3 Responses to Nuclear = one planet living

  1. mikestasse says:

    Did you watch FIRST FOOTPRINTS on ABC TV last night………? Tasmanian Aborigenes lived sustainably for 14,000 years without a single power station………

  2. mikestasse says:

    WASHINGTON — The nation’s entire energy system is vulnerable to increasingly severe and costly weather events driven by climate change, according to a report from the Department of Energy to be published on Thursday.

    The blackouts and other energy disruptions of Hurricane Sandy were just a foretaste, the report says. Every corner of the country’s energy infrastructure — oil wells, hydroelectric dams, nuclear power plants — will be stressed in coming years by more intense storms, rising seas, higher temperatures and more frequent droughts.

  3. Eclipse Now says:

    Hi Mike,
    I recorded First Footprints and am yet to watch it. However, as you know the majority of the solutions I record here are to make this space-faring civilisation of ours more sustainable. So your point is irrelevant. While your earthship in Tasmania is definitely an improvement on the average suburban home, doesn’t it strike you as ironic that you made this comment about the wonders of a hunter-gatherer lifestyle via your computer and the internet? If you wish to demonstrate some consistency and pick up a spear and disappear into the bush, that’s your business. Most of us don’t want to live that way.

    Nuclear power plants are in bomb-proof concrete bunkers. They’ll fare better than wind turbines or rooftop solar PV in such events. After a storm passes, there may be some repair work and lines to rebuild, but as most are now designed to survive 9/11 attacks, I don’t think a little wind is going to stress them overly!

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