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The Telescope: Energy for Economic and National Security

Big_D_ Wrote: Oct 21, 2012 10:16 AM
"...the reality that even by 2035 nearly 80 percent of all energy consumed in America will still be from oil, natural gas, or coal..." This is not correct, because The People will wake up to the potential of Liquid Fluoride Thorium Reactors (LFTRs). Being re-developed worldwide (esp. China and India), and in the USA by Flibe Energy, LFTRs will revolutionize energy, and lead to increasing worldwide prosperity and peace. The long luddite crusade of the liberal naysayers will be exposed in all its naivete and nihilism. LFTR will replace coal, oil, gas, wind, terrestrial solar while being cheaper, safer, cleaner (including CO2), and less environmentally intrusive. And this all can be heavily underway long before 2035.
tgwWhale Wrote: Oct 21, 2012 11:20 PM
Nuclear power should be a major part of any energy policy. However, we still don't have any way of using it for any kind of car, truck, train, or plane. So we still need chemical fuels.

The bigger problem with your claim is that you base your idea on the word "or." That is, you assume that thorium reactors will replace other energy sources, so we won't need them. "Or" is the great enemy of a rational energy policy. A rational energy policy is based on the word "AND." Nuclear AND fossil fuels AND biofuels AND AND AND... The world's demand for energy will keep growing, and the more we produce (of any kind), the more we will sell.
geotay Wrote: Oct 21, 2012 12:46 PM
When they assume a beneficial place in our economy, OK. In the meantime....

It should be self-evident to even a casual observer that access to sustainable supplies of affordable energy are fundamental for economic expansion and job creation. Literally everything we rely on in our daily life requires energy to grow, harvest, manufacture, power, or transport. Scarcity causes prices to rise, and rising prices destroy jobs and restrict economic growth.

Yet, when faced with an economy already in a deep recession, Barack Obama inexplicably implemented policies that would cause energy costs to "necessarily skyrocket."

While waging war for the last four years against the hydrocarbon industry that currently supplies about 85 percent...