24 October 2010

Visit to Ann Arbor

I'll be speaking at the University of Michigan tomorrow afternoon, details below:

The Climate Fix: A Pragmatic Future for Climate Policy

Date: October 25, 2010Time: 4:00 pm - 5:30 pm
Location:1110 Weill Hall (Betty Ford Classroom), Gerald R. Ford School of Public Policy
[ Pielke-flyer.pdf ]

A seminar co-sponsored by the Graham Environmental Sustainability Institute, Atmospheric, Oceanic and Space Sciences and the Michigan Memorial Phoenix Energy Institute

ROGER PIELKE, JR., Professor of Environmental Studies and Former Director, Center for Science and Technology Policy Research, University of Colorado, Boulder

With commentary by RICHARD B. ROOD, Professor of Atmospheric, Oceanic, and Space Sciences


  1. In Chapter 4 of "Climate Fix," you wrote it would take 15 nuclear power plants to produce 1 quad of energy, stating that 1 quad is roughly equal to 11 gigawatts of energy produced in year. I did some calculations, now that I am taking an energy class, and find that 1 quad equals 34 gigawatts, which means it would take about 50 nuclear power plants to reproduce 1 quad of energy. I got lots of help from the professor who teaches the class, and I think he would say that your Chapter 4 numbers are wrong on this count (though I think the overall point of how many nuclear power plants we would need is far higher than you state)

  2. -1-Tom

    Thanks, my source is the APS:


  3. -1-Tom

    The difference in values between my book and that of your professor is, based on what you've written, that between primary energy and energy consumed. My focus is consumption.