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Letter: Beyond nuclear is a fallacy

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The year is 2050 and New Mexico is supposed to be completely decarbonized according to the 2019 law to implement the Clean Energy Transition Act (CETA) on the electrical grid. Back in 2019, Gov. Michelle Lujan-Grisham was absolutely convinced that New Mexico could lead the charge to remove oil and gas emissions from our air and water. I can confidently predict that this scenario will never come to reality after spending billions of dollars on the least dense energy source of those available to generate electricity.

Resource-intensive and land-intensive renewable solar farms take 450 times more land than nuclear plants, and wind farms take 700 times more land than natural gas wells, to produce the same amount of energy.

Stored uranium and natural gas are the two highest energy-dense sources of fuel while wind and solar are the least dense energy source. In fact, W/S are not even fuels according to the science of physics. A battery is a form of stored energy and can be considered a fuel source. Can you just imagine the physics of batteries being even more resource-intensive and land-intensive then wind and solar capture hardware.

To even think the industrial world could prosper, yet survive, on wind and solar has already been proven to require either natural gas or nuclear for back-end load base electricity to provide 24 x 7 usage. Then there is the ever expanding overhead on the electrical grid with all its towers and land easements across the fruited plains, with recent demands to bury them (NIMBY—Not In My Back Yard). And yet, there is a contingent of people around the world and especially here in New Mexico that believe there will be a future society some day without fission and fossil energy sources. That is an illusion just like the Green New Deal, the model for New Mexico’s Clean Energy Transition law.

Martin Kral
Roswell