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"The World Nuclear Industry Status Report 2010-2011 is authored by Mycle SchneiderAntony Froggatt, and Steve Thomas and published by the Washington-based Worldwatch Institute. The foreword is written by Amory Lovins.[2]

According to the report, the international nuclear industry (despite a monopoly power hold on a national, state and city level) has been unable to stop the decline of nuclear energy. The world’s reactor fleet is aging quickly. Not enough new units are coming online to replace the ones shutting down. As of April 1, 2011, there were 437 nuclear reactors operating in the world, which was seven fewer than in 2002.[2] The Olkiluoto plant has had particular problems:

The flagship EPR project at Olkiluoto in Finland, managed by the largest nuclear builder in the world, AREVA NP, has turned into a financial fiasco. The project is four years behind schedule and at least 90 percent over budget, reaching a total cost estimate of €5.7 billion ($8.3 billion) or close to €3,500 ($5,000) per kilowatt.[2]

The report says that the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear disaster is exacerbating many of the problems that nuclear energy is facing. There is "no obvious sign that the international nuclear industry could eventually turn the empirically evident downward trend into a promising future", and the Fukushima nuclear disaster is likely to accelerate the decline. 

With long lead and construction times of 10 years and more, it will be difficult to maintain, let alone increase, the number of operating nuclear power plants over the next 20 years. Moreover, says the report, it is clear that nuclear power development cannot keep up with the pace of renewable energy commercialization.[2] 


For the first time, in 2010, total installed nuclear power capacity in the world (375 gigawatts) fell behind aggregate installed capacity (381 GW) of three specific renewables — wind turbines (193 GW), biomasswaste-to-energy plants (65 GW), and solar power (43 GW).[2]" - In the video above, Hope for a Change tells the story of how we can transform our economic and energy systems to make them sustainable. Dr. David Suzuki, Dr. Hermann Scheer, and Chris Turner as they explain how 100% solar and water powered communities make so much sense. 

Get inspired. The video explains specifically how Germany instituted a renewable energy feed-in tariff that guaranteed renewable energy producers a fair return on their investment, thus transforming the economic balance of power in favor of people and Nature. 

Allowing an existing utility to determine whether or not renewable energy producers get paid does not work. Allowing existing coal, nuclear and gas supplied utilities to determine how MUCH renewable energy producers get paid also does not work. The existing monopolies have been strangling the renewable energy industry using the financial power they have within utilities, to keep the renewables choked off from fair returns. 

A renewable energy feed in tariff policy has to be established OUTSIDE of the existing utilities that guarantees payment of renewable energy producers (both small residential and large scale commercial) a fair compensation for power produced, ideally at rates charged by the utility, or close to it. 

Peak power needs should be paid for with peak power compensation at much higher rates than at night, when no almost one is using power. PGE for example, pays only .04 cents per KW hour for renewable energy for all times, but they charge .12 cents per KW hour at their base rate, .24 for 2nd tier and even more for 3rd tier power consumption. 

Using the German model, any community can be powered by 100% renewable energy within 5 to 10 years. Any nation can do the same, given enough participation by individual communities. The future is in your hands.

Does this sound impossible or hard to do? There are many communities and even a few countries that have developed their energy mix, so that 90% or more of their electric power is coming from renewable energy. This is not rocket science. All it takes is the will to do it, and copying other communities or nations who have gone before you. They created and then paved A Green Road, for you and your community to follow. 

The List Of Countries And Nations With NO Nuclear Power Plants Is Growing; via @AGreenRoad

Enough energy from the sun alone falls on the Earth to power the entire electrical needs of all communities for ONE YEAR. No one can claim that renewable energy is 'not enough'. The whole globe has a mixture of tides, rivers, streams, wind, solar, and geothermal energy, plus hydrogen in more than sufficient amounts to allow just about any community to create 100% of their power needs and become self sufficient. Energy can be stored via hydrogen production or pumping water uphill at night, sufficient to meet 100% of the energy needs of ANY community. 

Bill Nye the science guy explains how we have to do everything we can to promote renewable energy. Each of us can do something. It is up to us. There is no one to wait for. There is no one that will save us from ourselves. Make it happen locally. Start in your neighborhood, at your house, in your community. 

Amory Lovins - Global Decline Of Nuclear Energy - Renewable Energy Production Now Outpaces Nuclear; via @AGreenRoad

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