Nuclear energy is a more reliable sources for reducing fossil fuel usage

Fuel Fix:
Getting the power grid to net-zero carbon emissions by 2050 will be far less costly if nuclear power, along with wind and solar energy, can be expanded, according to scientists from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.

John Reilly, co-director of MIT’s Joint Program on Global Change, and other scientists warn the cost of powering the grid primarily with the intermittent electricity renewables produce would prove very costly and require a high tax or fee on carbon emissions.

However, were the cost of nuclear energy to come down by a third from today's costs, that would reduce the need to overhaul the grid and reduce any carbon price by about two thirds.

"Continued focus on lowering the cost of baseload generation from low-carbon sources such as nuclear would make achieving deep reductions in carbon emissions much less costly," the scientists wrote in a September report.
Under MIT's scenario to achieve a 90 percent reduction in carbon emissions by 2050, wind and solar energy would provide about 40 percent of the electricity on the power grid - four times what they provide now. The remainder would could from nuclear and natural gas plants and hydroelectric dams.

"The additional system costs of wind and solar are minimal until they reach about 40 percent of power supply, but after that level these extra costs rise, making room for other power technologies such as nuclear, which can significantly reduce the carbon price needed to achieve deep decarbonization in the U.S.," the report reads.
The Navy has developed a compact fusion reactor that has the potential of replacing much of the inefficient and unreliable alternative energy currently being pushed by Big Green.  But without nuclear and these fusion reactors it is unrealistic to rely on wind and solar.  They are both unreliable in extreme weather.

Without the use of nuclear and fusion reactors, the goal of reducing oil and gas production by a third is completely unrealistic and would have a devastating effect on reliability of the grid.


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