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Bob Meinetz on Jun 21, 2021

PJ, Hawaii's mandate to generate all of its electricity with renewables by 2045 is a pipe dream - there exists no practical path to reaching that goal - and switching from coal to wood pellets (or "co-firing" wood pellets and coal) is a waste of money.

Within 10 years NuScale will be mass-producing small modular reactors. Then, the question won't be whether a carbon-free, nuclear Hawaii is practical - it's inevitable - it will be whether Hawaii had the foresight to sign a contract with the company in 2021, or will have to go to the end of the line.

BTW, Sierra Club recently announced it is no longer "actively campaigning" against nuclear energy. Maybe the organization is beginning to realize its former director, Ansel Adams, was right when he said

 "Nuclear energy is the only practical alternative that we have to destroying the environment with oil and coal."

(if he were alive today, he would have added wood pellets to the list).

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Matt Chester on Jun 21, 2021

As a series of islands, Hawaii will also be the first to really be impacted by some of the worst climate change impacts (some of course already being felt) meaning clean energy is even that much more personal to them!

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