Why Run Ships on Oil? April 29, 2009Posted by federalist in Energy, Open Questions, Transportation.
Vote for Dave asks an excellent question: Massive container ships burn low-grade “bunker” fuel for power. Wouldn’t it be more cost effective to run them on nuclear power, as our navy has done without incident for decades on submarines and large warships? Shouldn’t global warmists be thrilled at such low-hanging fruit in the fight against carbon dioxide emissions?
[Addendum: Four nuclear-powered cargo ships were built, but the technology is simply not cost-competitive with fossil fuels. The United States Navy has abandoned nuclear power for all vessels but submarines and aircraft carriers, where nuclear power confers unique tactical benefits.]