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[–] Frenchgeek 1 points 3 points (+4|-1) ago 

So politicians' speeches will finally make a country move forward?

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[–] ShinFuYux 0 points 2 points (+2|-0) ago 

Those pictures make the country look so clean, so peaceful.

Never been to Europe.

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[–] TheBrokenWorld 0 points 1 points (+1|-0) ago  (edited ago)

I hear that it's a damned nice place to live. My brother is moving to Germany next year, one of my sister's friends moved to Germany more than a decade ago, and a friend of mine has lived in the UK for around 13 years, if only I hadn't screwed my life up so badly...

Edit: Wording.

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[–] Klaxon 0 points 2 points (+2|-0) ago 

I'm picturing trains with big old sails flying. I imagine they are going to take a different tack though.

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[–] Klaxon 0 points 0 points (+0|-0) ago 

Wow, that explanation section was fascinating. I was surprised to see that they could go against the wind faster than the wind speed.

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[–] One_Wing_Angel 1 points 1 points (+2|-1) ago 

In related news, Dutch trains will all come to a standstill if the wind isn't blowing.

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[–] Saufsoldat 1 points 1 points (+2|-1) ago 

No, they won't. Unless Dutch trains will stop running when there's no wind.

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[–] sq8 0 points 1 points (+1|-0) ago 

No wind in that region is like sunshine in London. Not happening.

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[–] TheBrokenWorld 0 points 0 points (+0|-0) ago 

Grid-scale battery storage is a thing.

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[–] BRITTEACH 1 points 4 points (+5|-1) ago 

It's a perception of safety. Wind and air is benign. Nuclear fusion, which can be made safe, is disastrous in the small chance of a meltdown.

Of course nuclear fusion is cheaper, more reliable, and nearly infinite, but it still makes people nervous and the Simpsons don't help this perception every Sunday evening.

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[–] Frenchgeek 0 points 5 points (+5|-0) ago 

Nuclear fusion is also nowhere ready yet.

( molten salts reactors, on the other hand, are a great safety improvement over our currents pressure cookers and need only minimum work to be perfected )

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[–] edthomson92 0 points 3 points (+3|-0) ago 

It's good to have a mix of all options

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[–] vicarious 0 points 2 points (+2|-0) ago 

From what I gather, here are some of the reasons why people don't like 4th gen nuclear :

  • The time frame for planning, research, development and testing is counted in decades and seems to be accumulating failures
  • The cost of it is astronomical, and the cost of electricity produced will be astronomical also.
  • It's a highly centralized form of energy production, people are sick of big corp / big gov and want more localized energy production, like what is being done in Germany
  • It favors the very rich countries and giant energy corporations
  • It's not easily scalable
  • There are concerns about long term maintenance
  • There are concerns about potential terrorist attacks, sabotage, etc.
  • There are risks associated with political instability
  • Then there are the usual fears about radiations (irrational or not) caused by past accidents of nuclear plants, the history of anything nuclear going wrong, etc.

My personal opinion is that I prefer a future with less energy consumption, a decentralized / localized production in the hands of communities, smaller investments, progressive scalability, and fewer long term risks.

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[–] TheBrokenWorld 0 points 0 points (+0|-0) ago 

They're cheap and green, what sucks about them?

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[–] amusingbarman 0 points 0 points (+0|-0) ago 

Sponsored by taxes

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[–] moneymonkeytoilet 0 points 0 points (+0|-0) ago 

That title put in my head the image of trains using sails like ships

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