China does it aggressively as well;
California practices it as well, as do other states;
Windmills are there to cover peaks.
No, this is nonsense. Windmills are there to produce power when the wind is blowing. Wind is not "peaking power", that can fill in the gaps from other sources, because it is not dependable. The opposite is true: variable winds create peaks and troughs that need to be filled by on-demand sources such as gas turbines or
DBill spreads that nonsense all the time, yet in most place the grid is required to accept all wind generation and run back other sources. Like you said, its intermittent, so you can't use it for peaking because its not necessarily available during the peaks. Wind charts for Germany show no correlation at all between wind output and usage peaks. Its the same everywhere. Wind is only curtailed in very rare circumstances.
He hates when people use the well established industry measure of Capacity Factor because it shows the weakness of solar and wind. He hates it so much he fabricates usage scenarios that don't exist.
But we don't have to rely on nuclear, we can just stop burning fossil fuels, and stop using so much energy overall. It would require an immense social adjustment to achieve this, but it has no roadblocks other than making people care enough to do it.
Continue to dream on.
People will stop using fossil fuels when something else is cheaper without subsidizes.
And since that is unlikely to happen, it would probably take military force to get some countries to switch.
Cognitive dissonance. If people are emotionally invested in a poor decision, then they will retroactively justify it in a lot of ways.
Or possibly Commitment Bias and, over time, Escalation of Commitment.
Bringing a new nuclear plant online safely takes decades,
You begin with a false statement, then proceed to spout ignorance and pie in the sky idealistic yet unrealistic things like 'just stop burning fossil fuels'.
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