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  •  Environmental protections are important (1+ / 0-)
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    but why don't we just increase the building standards for insulation?  We could reduce our energy needs by 60% just by having buildings meet higher code regulations?

    Then we could give every American home solar panels.  There are 125 million homes in the US, approximately.

    Costing us a mere 1.25 Trillion.  (Averaging $10,000 per home).  We spent over $5 Trillion on the Iraq war.  Bush's tax breaks cost us over $1 trillion (and counting).

    Then we could shutdown all fastbreeder reactors and move to Thorium Molten-Salt Reactors with an efficiency rating of 90%+.

    We've had thorium reactor plans since the 1940's and had prototypes that ran for over 2 1/2 yrs.  The best part of this plan, they could eat up 90% of all current nuclear waste, everywhere.

    8 ounces of thorium would provide 1 person a lifetime of energy needs.

    We have the solutions already, why we aren't doing anything about it is still a mystery to me.  In 3 steps we could immediately reduce environmental destruction.

    The entire planet has over 5.3 million tonnes of it.  The US alone has 434,000 tonnes.  It does not take any processing to be used, dig it out of the ground and poof, throw in in a reactor and you're done.

    -7.62; -5.95 The scientists of today think deeply instead of clearly. One must be sane to think clearly, but one can think deeply and be quite insane.~Tesla

    by gerrilea on Tue Jan 21, 2014 at 08:59:18 AM PST

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