Saturday, July 20, 2013
Once again the Luddite "progressives" are keeping
being first at something. That would be nuclear energy plants. Back in the mid
1970's we were scheduled to build 100 nuclear rectors in 20 years. Well, there
were a couple accidents at a couple plants, Jane Fonda's "The China
Syndrome" propaganda movie against nuclear energy development, and that's
where we stopped. I bought into the whole anti nuke power thing back then.
Unlike Leftists/Progressives/Socialist/Democrats, I don't stay stuck in the
past, I change as things evolve, as do Conservatives. Those guys, Leftists, by the way,
only believe in evolution when they want to bash uninformed Christians; those
Christians that stay stuck in the past and don't change like
"progressives" falsely claim to do.
They're against fracking, which does not pollute ground water as they claim, they just want to stop energy production, hurting the poor the most, the people they claim they care the most about. Federal Government finally comes out with study showing fracking does not contaminate ground water here. How fracking works here. Note that the most effective KwH per hour is nuclear production, after coal, which Obama is shutting down. All the other "green energy" stuff like wind and solar that the neo-Luddites proclaim are best, are far and anyway the most expensive. Drilling new oil wells, especially on
they were\are against, claiming the pollution and potential for accidents for
causing North Shore
Meanwhile, the rest of the world has moved ahead with nuclear reactors with great success and close to zero problems. Here's some examples of what's being done in the rest of the world. Westinghouse has a reactor, the AP-1000, and has built six of them in
China; they are online. (The
Chinese of course reverse engineered them and build their own now.)
Another reactor is the Areva 1,700 megawatt European Pressurized Reactor (EPR) which is a new (oh no! cry the Democrats, something new!) design, also coming online in
The Russians are building reactors in
Bangladesh, Turkey, Belarus
We could be building them there, making gazillions of dollars, employing
Americans, saving the environment and stopping the bleeding the of poor of money
they don't have to spend on energy.
There's even little reactors, Small Modular Reactors (SMR) that can be manufactured in plants and put together on site. It's 125 megawatts, about the size of a back porch; each one could provide energy to about 70,000 people. I'm reminded of a sci-fi series where even watches were nuclear powered. By the way, the Nuclear Regulatory Commission refuses to even recognize SMR's.
Nuclear waste...that canard. Uranium was used in the 1950's for awhile beyond. It's not needed, modern reactors mostly use thorium, which produces about one tenth of the waste, and is less dangerous, than uranium waste. The Nuclear Regulatory Commission refuses to recognize thorium just like they refuse to recognize SMR's. We have the multi $billion
here in Nevada,
which has way more capacity than necessary to safely store the thorium waste.
The issue here is more the transportation. Government knuckleheads want it
brought though Clark County, the most densely populated part of Nevada, by truck mostly
and some by rail. Geeeze, here's a novel idea, build a road or rail to Yucca
Mountain not passing though heavily populated areas. Of course the Nuclear bureaucrats
have lame excuses why they can't, but they're knuckleheads, and it's another
red herring to block the use of nuclear power.
There's a breeder reactor called an Integral Fast Reactor. It doesn't have much waste, it mostly generates reusable fuel. There was one that had been running in
for about thirty years until Bill Clinton shut it down. Russia has one, been
building it and selling since the 1980's all over the world, Heard of any
Even Leftist Bill Gates recognizes the safe use of nuclear energy. There's a kind of design call Traveling Wave that runs on depleted uranium. Hey, we can use traditional waste and create energy. How 'bout that? Well, he and his group tried getting those started up here, and of course the Nuclear Energy Commission said no. The Chinese are building them now. They could be being built here, creating jobs and providing clean low cost energy, but noooooo.
Another canard is terrorists can get the uranium waste and make bombs. There are more efficient and cheaper ways to make nuclear bombs. That's how they did stuff a couple decades ago.
Using the right processing, waste is not a problem, and can be safely stored in small rooms really. But we've built
so we may as well use it. All we need is a small room in it. Yucca Mountain
One of the things totalitarian governments have to do to get and maintain power is to create shortages of what citizens need. We have ObamaCare and Medicare to make health care limited and expensive, making citizens dependent on the State for it. We have the stopping of energy production through putting the kibosh on pipelines, drilling, fracking, coal and nuclear energy.
Progressives, neo Luddites. Hate progress, hate clean air, hate poor people.