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The Energy Return of Nuclear Power

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Check out this recent post on The Oil Drum:

http://www.theoildrum.com/node/3877

Storm Van Leeuwen this, Storm Van Leeuwen that, Storm Van Leeuwen the other thing. Since Storm Van Leeuwen said this, obviously that’s the facts, and that’s that.

But just in case the author had any credibility left over after writing that, it seems they threw in a Caldicott citation just for good measure.

Here are some of my favourite websites which deal with the energy analysis of the nuclear fuel cycle – suffice to say that every single one of them is pretty damning of the Van Leeuwen and Smith study.

nuclearinfo.net – Energy Lifecycle of Nuclear Power

Life-Cycle Energy Balance and Greenhouse Gas Emissions of Nuclear Energy in Australia – University of Sydney ISA group’s study [PDF link]

World Nuclear Association – Energy Analysis of Power Systems

Everyone should feel free to post a comment over there with your thoughts on the data used, and the conclusions drawn from it.

Written by Luke Weston

April 22, 2008 at 5:35 pm

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  1. I posted a long critique of the post. The poster was a student, who appears to have been poorly advised by his professor, but he appears to have been well intentioned. He appears to have learned something from my comments.

    Charles Barton

    April 23, 2008 at 12:27 am


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