I’ve been lax in posting more about nuclear power as of late. The Volgi even sent me a prompt which I’ll cite below. However, the main point that people should keep in mind when evaluating alternative power options is the economics (Yes, it’s the economy, stupid). Let’s consider a few sources for alternative power: Tidal, Solar, Wind, and Nuclear. The real driving factor will be the total cost of implementing and operating the facilities for the production of electricity and whether it can be more economically effiicient than fossil fuels. Currently fossil fuels run about $0.02 per Kilowatt-Hour (KwH).
Someone in the administration — probably Energy Secretary Steven Chu, who knows in his heart that wind and solar can’t cut it — will suggest that that a carbon tax be coupled with the revival of nuclear power. Suddenly, the dam will break. NRC regulatory mazes that are still trying to protect us from Three Mile Island will be swept aside. Construction schedules will be accelerated. (The TVA just built a new reactor at Watts Bar in three years and under budget, using a license granted in the 1970s.) Tens of thousands of construction jobs will be created overnight. The French and Japanese will provide the financing. We may even revive the steel industry in the process.
How timely are we? Well there’s this AP article citing issues with Mr. Chu and the administration’s approach to nuclear power. And a great OpEd piece in today’s WSJ. Bottom line: Nuclear Power Now! Note that I didn’t touch on Hydro-Electric, which has some advantages, but still doesn’t compare to nuclear or wind and you end up with crazies like this guy nearby.
GorT is an eight-foot-tall robot from the 51ˢᵗ Century who routinely time-travels to steal expensive technology from the future and return it to the past for retroinvention. The profits from this pay all the Gormogons’ bills, including subsidizing this website. Some of the products he has introduced from the future include oven mitts, the Guinness widget, Oxy-Clean, and Dr. Pepper. Due to his immense cybernetic brain, GorT is able to produce a post in 0.023 seconds and research it in even less time. Only ’Puter spends less time on research. GorT speaks entirely in zeros and ones, but occasionally throws in a ڭ to annoy the Volgi. He is a massive proponent of science, technology, and energy development, and enjoys nothing more than taking the Czar’s more interesting scientific theories, going into the past, publishing them as his own, and then returning to take credit for them. He is the only Gormogon who is capable of doing math. Possessed of incredible strength, he understands the awesome responsibility that follows and only uses it to hurt people.