Wind and solar power have their place, but because they are intermittent and unpredictable they simply can't replace big baseload plants such as coal, nuclear and hydroelectric. Natural gas, a fossil fuel, is too expensive already, and its price is too volatile to risk building big baseload plants. Given that hydroelectric resources are built pretty much to capacity, nuclear is, by elimination, the only viable substitute for coal. It's that simple.Nuclear power is no longer the bugbear it once was, it may really be the way of the future, and the key to using hydrogen as fuel. But we have to change how we think about it.
Here come the nukes
An interesting Washington Post column, one of the founders of Greenpeace lays out why he supports nuclear power, and why.