Go ahead and shout, some of us old eyes like the caps. But I have a thought for you "the natural universe is nuclear powered (SUNS) why should earth not use the same power source ??? Make no sense to me. And Germany did not and does not to this day have clean coal technologies, but they are now looking to allow building many coal plants and even a few NUKES maybe.
Thank you for all caps - old eyes do not strain and you are right - there is no alternative to nuclear in the next 25 years. It is the only low emission power source capable of replacing oil producing cheap abundant energy including hydrogen and fresh water.
Like it or not it is the only viable choice bar none. Dr. P can say all he wants but can not come up with a system that can make any economic sense mush less have the potential to produce the required amount to become independent. Those who fight the idea of a nuclear component to energy independence do not have a answer for the required reduction in our population and the lower stand of living they propose. Can we all live in high rises next to the factory and commercial areas ??
My preference is for the wide open spaces of Texas, but then I live here.
no I have not seen the new infor but these have been discussed for years and are based on the ship type size reactors. I still am or the opinion that large full sized reactors are the only current technologies that can deliver enough total capacity to replace fossil fuels and take America to the second industrial revolution.
We have the grid in place to provide distribution and so we do not need to spend that money again. Yes doom Sayers we will need to improve and expand the grid to fully implement the 1950's ATOMIC AGE. We can have all the low cost energy we need and reprocess the waste.
Then why the hell is everyone fighting the idea except the French ???
"If the waste was to spill or be attacked it would be devastating to every form of life in the region and would leave the region uninhabitable for thousands of years."
On the other hand, toxic chemical spill will leave the region uninhabitable not for thousands of years but FOREVER! Chemical toxicity does NOT go away with time. Nuclear isotopes will.
Why it is more "acceptable" to have a chemical waste accidental release, or releasing huge amount of greenhouse gases but God forbid if it is an accidental nuclear release?
FYI, there are huge amount of toxic chemicals in coal that are released to atmosphere. What about the nice haze on the Shenandoah valley due to coal plants?
Give me any energy alternative and I can give you a bad thing about it. Wind power, kills migratory bird, by itself not enough to supply US demand. Coal, radioactive waste in ashes, greenhouse gases and acid rain, destruction of environment from mining. Solar, not enough to supply demand, expensive, restricted sites. Hydro, devastation of precious land, kills migratory fish. Forget about other exotic sources such as wave, geothermal, algae.
Nuclear waste the most dangerous substance? WRONG!!!! Ricin, tetanus toxin, and botulism toxin are far more lethal than any nuclear waste. These chemicals will kill you in hours or days. For the same amount of nuclear material ingested, you still can survive.
What is dangerous is not knowing the facts. How many people in the whole world died directly from nuclear accident? How many people in the whole world died from car accidents? Just because you are in control of your car you believe that it is safe. I am in control therefore it is safe!? That is called perceived risk. Not true risk. Following your logic you should not let your children ride a car.
As for nuclear weapons, the very freedom you are enjoying today is because of deterrent value of the same weapons you are against.
All I can say is AMEN!!! Especially your last lines. This is off the energy subject, but Teddy Roosevelt said "speak softly, BUT CARRY A BIG STICK" . Boone said it best too. DRILL,DRILL,DRILL , EVERY option is on the table. But, if people don't want to be looked on as the GREATEST country in history, and continue to be the place most every other person in the world would live if they had the choice, we had better stop de-valuing our money by out-sourcing everything, factory production, technology, and most important, our ability to provide our own energy. There as of now is no utopian energy source that either works or has the infrastructure to support the quantities we as Americans desire. I remember Good hearted, no doubt, Jimmy Carter telling us to wear warmer sweaters and all that stuff because we would be out of oil by now. Must have forgot about technology like fuel injection, the fact that we can drill deeper than he ever dreamed or anyone else for that matter and that we were only allowed to drill in specific areas that the Feds ok'd, thus making foreign oil cheaper by far than drilling where "big oil" knew would probably come up dry. Anyway, remember, if you care about the American way of life, we need our oil and the jobs it creates. Then we can build the natural gas infrastructure in the interim next. Right now I cannot find a Conversion to CNG for my 2008 Ford Expedition that I know offends the global warming folks, but I am more than willing to convert to cleaner burning CNG if I can find a source somewhere relatively close to Chicago. Then like Boone says, we can work on the next energy that is even more clean and abundant. Soon as it becomes profitable to change, it WILL change. I am a American who is for America 1st just like most all of us would take care of OUR family 1st, When America is strong, morally, financially, militarily, and has INTEGRITY so our strength is the envy of the world, we can better help the less fortunate. But if we cannot fish, tell me how can we teach someone to fish.
good post and well thought out. America is being beat down by Americans and Europeans but let us look at the real world. Gold is dropping in price, oil is dropping in price, the euro is dropping in price, the pound is dropping in price, and all of these are falling in terms of King dollar.
Yes our dollar is in recovery and Europe's economy is tanking, Asia is having problems, the middle east is uneasy, Russia is playing Europe like a violin. During times of fear and uncertainty wealth seeks safety and America dollars are safe and redeemable anywhere anytime. Backed up by the best military the world has ever known (Real safe).
Oil is going to $ 85 per barrel and maybe lower if we do the Pickens plan and Nuclear plant expansion. Wind/solar and bio fuel will force oil prices lower over time but they are years away from significant percentage of total demand.
I fully agree with you!
The Honest truth (whether you admit it or not) is most of us have 30-90% of the corrrect information on most subjects. This includes the political arena.
Which I call (the monster we have created)! Alot of that is also how we interpert the info we recieve.
That said, our focus and top priority is, we have to be very careful in all avenues we take whille we gain the upperhand on the future of this planet we call home.
Most chemical releases disappear in less than a year. Bad, but not effecting generaritions.
Nuclear spills? Ask the folks in central russia, whos children are born with the wrong number of everything.
THe radiation lasts 500,000 years. THAT is why iit is bad. Worse.
And anyway, if you don't like SOCIALISM then dont support Nuclear Power. Because the ONLY way you get nuclear industry going is with 95% government subisidies. And when y ou pull out the subsidies, it is simply not worth running the plant any more. SO THEY SHUT THEM DOWN? We have lots of plants across the country that ar e not up and runing for that reason.
SO vote McClain, and bring on the socialism.
Or get out there and be a red blooded patriot and put some solar panels on y our roof. American made, of course. I drive a Chry sler. How about you?