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If the lights start going dim, what will happen is not the collapse of industrial society, but the collapse of the legal, economic and political barriers currently blocking great big dams and nuke plants. because while a quick-and-dirty nuke plant might not be as safe as could be desired, it will be a lot less fatal than trying to do without juice. The mortality rates of nations correlate very well with the reliability and potency of their electric grids, and that is not an accident
India has huge potential that they are just getting round to planning for. Various backwaters in Africa, Southeast Asia and South America have a lot of potential in medium-sized projects.
I've no idea how much it all adds up to, perhaps I could do some research...
It is rightly acknowledged that people of faith have no monopoly of virtue
- Queen Elizabeth II
But "when the lights start going out," it's about ten years too late to start doing something about it.
Our civilisation is not so stable that it will be able to manage ten back-to-back years with non-existent to intermittent electricity without major disruption. And our construction technology is not so advanced that we can build a nuke plant overnight. Oh, and you won't have fuel for all those nuke plants, even if you can get them built.
Friends come and go. Enemies accumulate.
if the alternative is "freezing to death", lead cooled fast breeder designs ripped of soviet sub reactor designs could be mass produced in factories, and "containment domes" could be redefined to "put it in the cellar". This would not be very sensible, of course, but the laws of physics do actually prevent it. And societies that are in trouble have a very long history of doing things that are not sensible and fixing the problems later.
It appears that the future will bring large economic forces to start new orders for nuclear plants.
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