What is the United States doing to reduce energy dependence?

News this week that massive environmentally sensitive intake heads are being installed for a new nuclear power station being built in Somerset, England. The 21st century factory also includes new “core catcher” technology to prevent what happened in Fukushima several years ago.

The nuclear power plant is part of a fleet of power plants backup Britain’s already well-developed ability to generate electricity from the wind. Factories take about a decade to plan and license and another decade or so to build.

The costs and licensing barriers to developing nuclear energy in the United States have long pushed our energy industry in different directions, including hydraulic fracturing, or hydraulic fracturing, to extract oil and gas. Our climate emergency is creating some pressure, more effective in some states than many others, to find alternative ways to generate electricity. But the costs and hurdles facing wind power projects are too similar to those that have doomed the nuclear power industry in the United States.

All this leads me to wonder how long it will take us to catch up with our European partners in the transition from fossil fuels as the source of our electricity and will this transition be too late.

{The UK government is planning a fleet of new nuclear power stations to produce 24 gigawatts of electricity, providing a stable backup for UK offshore wind generation. Hinkley is the first atomic power station to be built in decades and plans to build more have already been shelved. Elsewhere, EDF’s Sizewell C project on the Suffolk coast won planning approval on July 20, a process that took around 10 years. The government will need to accelerate to get closer to its nuclear production target.}

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