It was all an accident that happens to get repeated in Republican state after republican state. If you believe that then you are truly a chump. The Republicans have systematically tried to kill alternative fuels and renewable fuels and energy efficiency standards and they have denied global warming exists. SOS just a different flavor. They have opposed any EPA rules and rules on lead in gas and paint and safety rules for cars and smoking limitations.
They have sold their souls to the oil and coal industry for some campaign dollars.
Any one know if the transmission loss is reduced? Even a 5% transmission loss would be significant for long haul lines.
Yep the Republicans are hell bound to destroy this world to enrich themselves with Oil company campaign contributions (bribes). The world is heading for a meltdown with a billion dead people and another couple billion hungry and half of the worlds species destroyed. These are multi-generational crimes against humanity. But the suckers keep voting them into office.
The Molten Salt Reactor (MSR) cannot get any traction since any appropriation for development would be dead upon arrival in congress. Just the cost of one aircraft carrier could fund the development of three different prototypes. We are going to spend 1 trillion dollars on the joint strike fighter that is too slow and cannot maneuver fast enough to stay in a dog fight with existing aircraft yet we cannot fund MSR development. Think next time you vote for a manipulator who says "I am not a scientist" cause obviously he thinks you are an idiot.
You had better hurry with your installations cause congress is going Republican. They have completely sold themselves to the oil/gas industry and will do anything they can to kill renewables. The excuses will vary from solar in not cost efficient, renewables are a drain on the economy, they need to stand on their own feet. PLUS you will hear the same old crap that global warming does not exist. Then the worn phrase energy from all sources ie kill renewable energy and on with oil gas and coal.
What is the common thread in every case where barricades have been erected to stop of slow renewable energy. The Republicans are in power!!!
They are committing crimes against humanity!! And some of you guys are still voting for them and their efforts to destroy the planets future?
Well well the Republicans are crawling out of the woodwork to attack a successful plan. The main point is the world does not have time for the economic niceties so please spare me some economists narrow point of view. Basically the Republican party is against anything that impinges upon the future profits of the oil gas and coal industry no matter how they dress it up as some noble economic/freedom cause.
Republicans are committing crimes against humanity with their denial of global warming and constant efforts to stop green energy. All the rest is just noise to disguise their efforts. Remember that the next time you vote for a smiling face espousing family values. Your children will see a billion dead and another couple of billion starving in the future. These guys are doing this for greed and will in the future make Hitler look like a rank amateur.
Great article you hit the nail on the head. SMR are the same crap in a new shinny wrapper. It creates waste for 10,000 years, has the possibility of meltdown, must be heavily guarded, and is idiotic in placement inside urban areas.
A reactor technology called Molten Salt Reactors has all the benefits of nuclear energy and none of the pitfalls. The Molten Salt Reactor (MSR) was prototyped in the 60s into the mid 70s at Los Alamos. MSR would use spent nuclear material and thorium in a vat that would burn 97% of the material instead of the current 3% of light water reactors. The waste would have a half life of 300 years instead of 10,000. It would consume cheap abundant thorium and could be used to burn up spent nuclear material. It is inherently fail safe an when the power dies so will the reaction. Given its inherent safety the expensive domes and triple redundancy facility does not need to be built and the plant size can be smaller drastically reducing construction costs. The US is blocked from funding by the carbon industry but the Chinese have 750 PhD's moving forward using historic US research and so are the Norwegians and the Japanese and even the Canadians. Look up MSR and WAMSR.
Molten Salt Reactors (MSR) is the only safe and long term Nuclear reactor that should be supported. Light Water Reactors have failed around the world and every time that they do the nuclear energy industry says that was the last time "promise". A MSR CANNOT get out of control and do a China syndrome or explode etc. MSRs can be fueled with abundant thorium to burn (eliminate) waste nuclear material (rods) from LWRs. Waste from a thorium reactor has a 300 year half life instead of a 10,000 year half life of LWRs. MSRs are cheaper to build since they do not require the pressure (explosion) dome and need much less backup systems. The energy from MSR is estimated to be cheaper than coal. MSR need much less space that a LWR. When combined with the new Super critical carbon dioxide turbines, which require 1/300 the space of a steam turbine they can be located inside cities.
The only thing that is holding this back is the existing political power of the oil and gas industry. In less that 10years development could be completed and manufacturing could begin. Several designs could be developed simultaneously for less than the cost of one aircraft carrier. Since MSR systems are physically small they can be produced on an assembly line like a jumbo jet. And delivered whole to it permanent site.
Georgia power has fought alternates from the beginning and they will never stop. It must be crammed down their corrupt throats.
""At first glance you might think this is a purely partisan matter"" Yes and on second glance and third glance the Republicans are against renewable energy. They are in denial of global warming also. This is all driven by the big oil money. They IMO are guilty of crimes against humanity since they will be guilty of a billion dying in the future. I will never vote Republican again.
Desalinization can be done at a fraction of the current cost/energy. Lockeed Martin has developed a single atomic layer graphene sheet that will not allow salt to pass. They are trying to partner with a company that specializes in desalinization. Now ad the molten slat reactor technology with energy cheaper than coal and then you can provide abundant clean water for those regions. But then that would require reason in a world that only profit and political dominance is of primary concern