Japan meltdown almost ensures that we will cook the planet with carbon.

New nuclear power is dead for a generation at least.  And existing plants are likely to be inspected and found wanting and perhaps taken off-line. But we won’t give up our demand.  Now its all coal and natural gas and oil.  Those have nowhere to go but up in use.  See, there is no short or mid-term substitute. 

The problem is that we have already unhinged our climate.  We need to be using dramatically less carbon rather than dramatically more. 

If we had just listened, we could have had a solar economy by now. And none of this would ever have happened.  Now, we’re in completely uncharted territory.

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