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  •  That president provided $8.3 billion (2+ / 0-)
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    divineorder, Calamity Jean

    ... in loan guarantees for two new nukes built by Southern Company. As usual, the nuclear industry, which has been sucking on the public teat for two generations still cannot stand on its own feet. If all goes as planned, and it almost never does with nuclear construction, the first of these two, which employ new technolgoy, will be on line in 2016. You can put up a lot of solar and wind in 5 years,.

    The surest way to predict the future is to invent it. — Stephen Post. [Me at Twitter.]

    by Meteor Blades on Mon Dec 05, 2011 at 06:24:31 PM PST

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    •  Yes, you can.. (0+ / 0-)

      and like I said originally, you can, and should, do both.

      Solar and wind still need baseload power.  And solar and wind is just plain not feasible in some parts of the country.

      You can put up a lot of solar and wind in 5 years.

      Can you?  It would take roughly 1000-2000 wind turbines to equal the output of a nuclear power plant.  Seems to me a project of that size would probably take close to five years.  Although, you might have partial electricity production as you put on more turbines.

      As far as the politics go, I still doubt the base would allow any more nuclear plants approvals from this administration.  His second term might be different.. I don't know.

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