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One Republican Push I Agree With

Republicans push nuclear energy to lower costs
Republicans say nuclear power, not renewable energy, is way to lower costs and bring clean air

* On Saturday April 25, 2009, 6:12 am EDT


WASHINGTON (AP) -- The U.S. should build 100 more nuclear plants rather than spend "billions in subsidies" for renewable energy if it is truly committed to lowering electric bills and having clean air, the Republicans say.

In the party's weekly radio and Internet address, Sen. Lamar Alexander said the United States should follow the example of France, which promoted nuclear power decades ago. Today, nuclear plants provide 80 percent of France's electricity, and the country has one of the lowest electric rates and carbon emissions in Europe, he said.

In contrast, renewable electricity provides roughly 1.5 percent of the nation's electricity, according to Republicans. Double it or triple it, and "we still don't have much," the Tennessee Republican said.

"There is a potentially a dangerous energy gap between the renewable electricity we want and the reliable electricity we must have," he said.

In contrast to Democrats, Alexander said Republicans:

--Start with conservation and efficiency. "We have so much electricity at night, for example we could electrify half our cars and trucks and plug them in while we sleep without building one new power plant."

--Seek to keep bills down. "Democrats say, put a big new national sales tax on electric bills and gasoline."

--Wish to find more natural gas and oil offshore. "Farmers, homeowners and factories must have the natural gas. And more of the oil we'll still need should be ours, instead of sending billions overseas."



Of course, this will also require spending
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I don't usually agree w/ Republicans either, but that is a good idea!

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We haven't had a new reactor built here in many years. The technology is there to make it safer than the old reactors

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Apparently that push doesn't include proper grammar?

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I also endorse building nuke power plants - and I think the federal government should seize land in some remote area and build a suitable repository for nuclear waste. Again, do what the French do - they embed the shit in glass and pour the liquid glass into very rugged stainless steel casks and then seal weld them shut. Once sealed the stuff is buried deep enough that if they come to the surface and are split open one day in the future, they will be least of our problems.

But, by all means, make a single reactor design, standardize all of the parts and construction methods, and build exact clones. That way the upgrading over time is much less site specific. Nothing more expensive than a new turbine if it is a one of a kind item built before the craftsmen all died.

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I also endorse building nuke power plants - and I think the federal government should seize land in some remote area and build a suitable repository for nuclear waste. Again, do what the French do - they embed the shit in glass and pour the liquid glass into very rugged stainless steel casks and then seal weld them shut. Once sealed the stuff is buried deep enough that if they come to the surface and are split open one day in the future, they will be least of our problems.

But, by all means, make a single reactor design, standardize all of the parts and construction methods, and build exact clones. That way the upgrading over time is much less site specific. Nothing more expensive than a new turbine if it is a one of a kind item built before the craftsmen all died.

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There is already a repository in use in Western Utah...

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I also endorse building nuke power plants - and I think the federal government should seize land in some remote area and build a suitable repository for nuclear waste. Again, do what the French do - they embed the shit in glass and pour the liquid glass into very rugged stainless steel casks and then seal weld them shut. Once sealed the stuff is buried deep enough that if they come to the surface and are split open one day in the future, they will be least of our problems.

But, by all means, make a single reactor design, standardize all of the parts and construction methods, and build exact clones. That way the upgrading over time is much less site specific. Nothing more expensive than a new turbine if it is a one of a kind item built before the craftsmen all died.

Jim

But I am afraid that contractors are going to call that socialism/monopoly and will claim that it will stifle design originality and ... cost. As I said, it's a great idea but it will be expensive and even more if we let companies like Halliburton run the show like they did in Iraq. Cost Plus would run amok while we get shafted in the process.
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C'mon, it was just a TIC reference to your thread title...I just thought it was funny.

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