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View Diary: Ron Wyden and Lisa Murkowski see possible partnership on energy policy. But what kind? (35 comments)

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  •  Nearly everything is cleaner than coal (0+ / 0-)

    including nuclear.  We are putting our heads in the sand if we don't believe that any solution to wean us off of carbon-based fuels does not include nuclear.  To deny the need for nuclear is as counter-productive and anti-science as to deny the need for sustainability.  And,...this industry produces really good, high paying jobs - from the engineers down to the maintenance crews.    

    I support extracting all of the natural gas we can, until it can totally replace coal as an electricity generating fuel.  They've called my state, PA, the Saudi Arabia of natural gas, and this country has a lot of it.  This will be the bridge until we can convert our electrical grid to nuclear power, with some percentage of that grid powered by wind and hydro.  These are real practical energy sources that are currently powering major cities around the country.  They are expensive first cost, but have proven that they can be operated safely, and cleanly.  

    Solar has proven for decades that it's just not feasible on a large, economical scale.  It takes too much space for too little output.  And, you have to store everything in enormous, expensive and inefficient batteries.  Certain parts of the country/world get very little direct sunlight all winter.  I am an architect who has sat through countless presentations on solar panels.  They are a novelty not suited to powering a city or country (or even a big building economically).

    Biofuels are a gimmick that consumes more land and energy than they produce.

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