Opinion: To solve the carbon crisis, we need to talk nuclear power
- Sep 29, 2021 4:11 pm GMT
"Most of us think of electricity only when something goes wrong. A storm knocks the power out, or there’s a short in the wiring, or the monthly bill is unexpectedly high. Normally, we toggle on, the juice flows, and we think nothing of it.
The era of blissful unconcern may be ending. Ford Motor Co.’s decisionto push its whole pile of chips into a bet on electric vehicles illustrates the larger gamble the world is placing on a green future with electricity powering nearly everything.
On the demand side, uses unimagined a few decades ago now suck enough juice to power a midsize nation. A project at the University of Cambridge calculates that cryptocurrency mining — which pits supercomputers in races to solve horribly complex math equations — consumes more electricity than all of Denmark. Server farms to store our rapidly accumulating data require even more. Meanwhile, billions of humans in developing countries aspire to have their lives electrified."
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