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Snuggles from Uncle Nuke

Regarding "Friends and Enemies" (Windpower Monthly, February 2001). You are absolutely right about screaming bloody murder about price. Nukes cannot compete economically with wind, not over the long term. That needs to be broadcast in particular across North America. As far as nuclear being a threat, I am unconvinced. In North America wind plant is going up, nukes are not.

My eye was caught by your editorial Friends and Enemies (February). Tossing down the gauntlet, eh? I love it. After considering the connections between wind and nukes, it came to me that wind may be attracting these "snuggles" from Uncle Nuke because wind is the only one with really deep pockets. Consider, how deep is the wind?

I have no doubt that wind will surpass nuclear. The idea of nuclear trying to compete with wind power brings to mind the image of a rising mass of yeasty loaf expanding out of reach of the desperate chefs, pushing all before it as it squeezes out of windows and through doorways. The nuclear enthusiasts screaming frantically "Don't let it get past 10%." They clutch impotently to the sticky clinging mass as it expands.

You are absolutely right about screaming bloody murder about price. Nukes cannot compete economically with wind, not over the long term. That needs to be broadcast in particular across North America. As far as nuclear being a threat, I am unconvinced. In North America wind plant is going up, nukes are not.

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