A $25 billion plan, a small town, and a half-century of wrangling over the most important resource in California.
Almost immediately after we started drilling wells, we started fracturing the rocks underground to increase the flow of fossil fuels.
As the final component of the Climate Next series, our panelists sent a flurry of emails back and forth, debating the best way forward.
Originally posted at Inventing Green. Following the Department of Energy’s announcement of a loan guarantee for a new nuclear plant, the Nobel Prize-winning head of the agency, Steven Chu, laid out his rationale for nuclear in clear and plain language. It’s a pretty conventional argument: 1) “no single technology will provide all of the answers,” which is obviously true, and 2) large-scale storage options are necessary for grid-integration. “[R]emember that wind and solar are intermittent energy sources. The sun isn’t always shining, and the wind isn’t always blowing,” Chu wrote. “Without technological breakthroughs in efficient, large scale energy storage, it …