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If we could move the NRC to a more reasonable time schedule for licensing we could increase the amount of energy available by vast amounts. For example, the NRC requires that a new design for a Small or Medium sized Reactor, the kind that are intrinsically safe, have a purchaser or buyer BEFORE the NRC will consider reviewing the design for certification. In other words the vender goes to a customer and says, "Hey I have this amazing design that will fit your needs!" The customer replies, "Has the NRC approved the design?" "Well no, but if you will buy one the NRC will start to review the design." How long will that take?" "About 15 years from start to finish." Laughter, more laughter, rolling on the floor. We need to reform this process.
Yes, this is possible and in Bangkok Thailand many of the heavy trucks now use CNG/LPG for fuel. They have about 8 tanks just behind the cab in a serial configuration.
Also, with a small commuter car we could use two cars - one for normal family stuff and one for those single commutes. Check out Elio motors.
Why drill? Why not build Nuclear? I like oil but the oil that can be drilled for less than 80 / barrel is gone. With Coal to Liquid using High Temperature Nuclear reactors (Molten Salt Reactors - MSR) you can produce gasoline or diesel at 50 / barrel. The best use for Natural Gas is transportation. Many countries in Asia are using it now and per mile driven it is MUCH cheaper. We don't need to use NG to generate electricity
Ken, the other push - to use renewables - defined as Solar and Wind - is a push to make the price of energy go up. It is a sales "lost leader" for Natural Gas and Diesel. For the grid to be reliable you have to ensure that you have 100 % backup for nights and calm days. This means Natural gas turbines and diesel generators. We can produce electricity at just 2.4 cents / kWh using Nuclear power. Once the capital costs are paid Nuclear is the cheapest by far. The Chinese are using our technology - the AP 1000 and building at much less than the cost of a coal plant in the USA - about 2 dollars / watt. The meme that Nuclear is expensive is maintained by those who oppose it - both greens who believe that radiation is uniquely dangerous and other energy producers who like the high prices.
There are many companies that want to expand the use of Nuclear power. One new one is doing this in Canada because the NRC takes at least 15 years to review anything. http://terrestrialenergy.com
Ken, you are exactly right, we need more options. For years I lived in Asia and when the oil crisis of 2008 hit I was deeply shocked to see friends pay double for rice due to the expensive energy. We need a great deal more energy and Electricity is the way to go. Nuclear Power is a primary energy source that is 1 to 2 millions times as energy dense per pound as any fossil fuel. With high temperature reactors we could use the Coal to Liquid process to produce vast amounts of liquid fuels here at home as well as vast amounts of electricity to power electric cars. Process heat from Nuclear power can replace Natural gas. This is the energy independence that motivated France to move to 80 percent Nuclear power in less than 20 years.
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Prayers and Preparation

Think Freely Wrote: Sep 18, 2014 11:14 AM
Interesting. You have evidence for this? You have evidence that prayer fails? I have evidence that it is answered and many times in ways that amaze us.
Well written and an accurate summary of the situation.
This is true of Nuclear power plants too. The demand that reliable plants shut down when an unreliable and uncontrollable sources comes on the grid means that Nuclear power plants - which produce the cheapest electricity in the nation are pushed out of the market to make way for the latest feel good transfer of wealth. Again, power is made more expensive.
1. Only the well off get the benefits because the poor don't invest. The poor can't invest because they live in locations that make it impossible to participate. An apartment dweller cannot benefit from roof top solar. 2. There are tax benefits or other subsidies that transfer the costs to the poor. Yes, the whole cost of power goes up for the community at large to pay for the double structures needed to support unreliable solar power. We have to pay twice for the same thing (electricity generation) so that the people who live in houses capable of hosting a solar panel can be paid for that ability to install a solar panel on their home. Thus the price of everything goes up. This means that both because of location - house vs apartment and because of overall inflation - this is a regressive tax on the poor transferring wealth to the richer. 3. The financing structure is suspect. A lease is always more expensive than a purchase. This means that those costs are being transferred into the cost of power generation. The actual costs are not being paid by the business owner - the person who starts selling electricity to the grid as a power producer - but by the consumers who cannot access that same privilege. Again, overall costs rise and the poorest are paying more for all goods and services. 4. Wall Street is turning the contracts into securities. Bubble markets hurt us all when they collapse. What happens to the grid when those lease contracts collapse and the legislature has no tax money left to pay for the unreliable power produced? Those home owners will be stuck with a lease payment but no one to sell power to.
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