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But you're sure coal mining is, right? Why the double standard?

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by Jerome a Paris (etg@eurotrib.com) on Tue Jan 9th, 2007 at 06:36:47 AM EST
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No, I was thinking of externalities. I would have to look up EU figures for the ratio of domestically produced and imported coal, but I'm certain that a significant part is not imported from coal while all of the uranium is imported.

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by DoDo on Tue Jan 9th, 2007 at 06:58:40 AM EST
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So imported coal creates no externalities?

That's excellent news!

In the long run, we're all dead. John Maynard Keynes

by Jerome a Paris (etg@eurotrib.com) on Tue Jan 9th, 2007 at 07:45:41 AM EST
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I don't think including part of the externalities for one resource and none for the other is a difference you can't recognise.

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One whose delusions are out of fashion.
by DoDo on Tue Jan 9th, 2007 at 07:58:16 AM EST
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Would you mind pointing out where such a difference in treatment is supposed to have taken place?

It seems that the externalities associated with mining are accounted for neither nuclear nor coal in the above table.

Maybe your point is that nuclear mining is a lot worse than coal mining (per kWh produced)? Or is it something else?

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by Jerome a Paris (etg@eurotrib.com) on Tue Jan 9th, 2007 at 08:06:13 AM EST
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Would you mind pointing out where such a difference in treatment is supposed to have taken place?

The title of your table says "in Germany", which implies to me the evaluation of effects in Germany. It is not clear just from the table what was and what wasn't included. But from the numbers for PV, it is clear that not only the costs of the very act of electricity generation were included, but apparently manufacture too. It stands to reason that mining was included, too, especially considering the ecosystems numbers.

Maybe your point is that nuclear mining is a lot worse than coal mining (per kWh produced)? Or is it something else?

I don't know which is worse, though I suspect that coal mining in Germany is less bad than uranium mining in some source countries for Germany. But I guess my main point is that your table means little without knowing the tablemakers' basic assumptions.

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by DoDo on Tue Jan 9th, 2007 at 08:52:57 AM EST
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