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Re: [APD] Solar energy

I wish it were true that the so-called renewable energy sources - or "new"
upcoming technologies - could solve our current and worsening energy
problem, but it can't and we are just kidding ourselves if we think it can.
I doubt that any informed responsible person will disagree with that.

Why spend "billions" on developing places to store spent nuclear fuel?
Because we have no good alternative.  The stuff is now being stored on-site
and that is not a good thing for numerous reasons.  Shut down the nukes?
OK, but where will the energy come from?  Nukes now account for about 30% of
our electricity and more in the NE US.  Build more coal plants?  Dam more

":Economics don't enter into it."  Sure it does.  Someone has to pay the
check.  The price would come in the form of higher energy rates plus a
slower economy, with higher unemployment and a lower standard of living.
Then it becomes a political question, but I doubt that most people would
vote in favor of it.

"And in any case I've heard from 'experts' that the alternative energies are
more than adequate to supply all our future power requirements."   That's
nonsense, unless we are willing to accept a major reduction on out standard
of living, which we are not.

Alternate ways of creating energy can make a contribution to the solution of
our energy problem.  I like the idea of solar, even though it has been
mainly cloudy here for the last 2 weeks.  Yesterday driving south on the PA
Turnpike I saw 12 windmills on a ridge.  Two were revolving; the rest were
at rest.

There is but one solution to our growing energy problem.  That is building
more nuclear plants.  Other technologies can help and should be encouraged,
but these will have only a marginal impact.

We should accept that.


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