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Saturday, September 27, 2014

How To Tell Iran Is Lying About Nuclear Power

Some people believe Iran when they say their nuclear program is aimed at peaceful production of electrical energy. There's a good reason that you should not believe them and that's the simple fact that nuclear is far inferior to solar.

There's a good reason why we aren't building any new nuclear plants anymore. That reason is that nuclear simply cannot compete with solar. As we have said many times, solar will become the predominant source of energy in the next decade.

Here's what Ray Kurzweil has to say:

Solar power has been doubling every two years for the past 30 years — as costs have been dropping. He says solar energy is only six doublings — or less than 14 years — away from meeting 100 percent of today's energy needs. Energy usage will keep increasing, so this is a moving target. But, by Kurzweil's estimates, inexpensive renewable sources will provide more energy than the world needs in less than 20 years. Even then, we will be using only one part in 10,000 of the sunlight that falls on the Earth.
In places such as Germany, Spain, Portugal, Australia, and the Southwest United States, residential-scale solar production has already reached “grid parity” with average residential electricity prices. In other words, it costs no more in the long term to install solar panels than to buy electricity from utility companies. The prices of solar panels have fallen 75% in the past five years alone and will fall much further as the technologies to create them improve and scale of production increases. By 2020, solar energy will be price-competitive with energy generated from fossil fuels on an unsubsidized basis in most parts of the world. Within the next decade, it will cost a fraction of what fossil fuel-based alternatives do.
It isn't just solar production that is advancing at a rapid rate; there are also technologies to harness the power of wind, biomass, thermal, tidal, and waste-breakdown energy, and research projects all over the world are working on improving their efficiency and effectiveness. Wind power, for example, has also come down sharply in price and is now competitive with the cost of new coal-burning power plants in the United States. It will, without doubt, give solar energy a run for its money. There will be breakthroughs in many different technologies, and these will accelerate overall progress.
Thus, it's not hard to tell that Iran is lying about nuclear power. It doesn't take a weatherman to smoke out the lies Iran would have you believe about their nuclear program.