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  •  Unfundable, and rightly so. (10+ / 0-)
    Is Congress allocating the funding?
    No way.

    Dead on Arrival.

    First, gridlock in Congress.

    Second, good reasons on both the left & the right ends of political spectrum for not funding it.

    Third, money. Wind and solar technology cost curves have come down so far that they've cut the legs out from under even the most optimistic nuclear revival /LFTR/gravel/pebble scenarios. Plus wind and solar will be benefitting from favorable cost curves for years and decades to come.

    Solar is the ultimate nuclear technology: 100% automated longterm sustainable fusion generator, optimally sited 93 million miles from earth -- photonic distribution to earth -- all with zero infrastructure CapEx or OpEx -- and then decentralized photoelectric transducers close to point of use. The ultimate in simplicity & efficiency & scalability.

    Fourth, time. 15 years to test reactors and 30 to grid-tie production? Best joke I've heard all day. Just extending current price & penetration curves, Solar & Li-Ion are on track to replace all fossil and all nuclear before 2044. Add in wind, other renewable innovations, and the radical energy efficiency breakthroughs that digital technology keeps on bringing -- in other words, abundant supply, intelligent timeshifting (storage technology), and peaking/leveling/shrinking demand -- and it's clear that nuclear is done: stick a fork in it.

    #3: ensure network neutrality; #2: ensure electoral integrity; #1: ensure ecosystemic sustainability.

    by ivote2004 on Thu Jul 24, 2014 at 05:59:58 PM PDT

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