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View Diary: Walter Cronkite's Letter to the NYT: An Idea for Dems (281 comments)

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    Do the math and you'll see it for yourself.  I've worked on the engineering side and the planning side in the renewable power industry, utility-scale projects, so I know this stuff quite well.  

    $1-million per megawatt is the standard figure for wind and nuclear, and my own independent calculations (pages upon pages of spreadsheets) were convergent with that figure.  

    And here's something else.  Spending that $250-billion on energy independence would have generated huge construction projects from sea to shining sea, with hundreds of thousands of jobs for skilled workers (perhaps millions if you count the ripple effects?), most of whom would be union members.  

    So not only would it have given us all the energy we could possibly use, and not only would it have de-funded Al Qaeda and let us disengage ourselves from a most unstable & hostile part of the world, and not only would it have put us on the right track in terms of climate issues, it would also have brought back the middle class to stay.

    How's that for a missed opportunity?  And how's that for a contagious meme and a key plank in the platform?  

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