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  •  Or we can avoid the risk entirely (0+ / 0-)

    and go with solar and wind. I've watched in a university physics class that's available online that for cheaper than building a nuclear power plant you could build a solar plant that generates the same amount of power. I'm sure wind farms can't be too much more expensive than equivalent nuclear power plants. Maybe they're cheaper.

    •  won't work (2+ / 0-)
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      We don't have the transmission lines capability to get power from the good wind areas to the cities where it's needed.
      Not only that, but the wind and solar generators aren't anywhere near capable of putting out the kind of power we need.

      (Is it time for the pitchforks and torches yet?)

      by PJEvans on Tue Mar 15, 2011 at 08:11:10 PM PDT

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      •  supplement with hydro, geothermal and tidal (1+ / 0-)
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        neroden

        yes we can

      •  But shouldn't building new transmission lines ... (1+ / 0-)
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        ... be a lot faster & cheaper than building new nuclear reacors?

        Wherever You Go, There You Are - Jon Kabat-Zinn

        by cs on Tue Mar 15, 2011 at 09:08:42 PM PDT

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        •  There are a lot of infrastructure improvements (1+ / 0-)
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          That we should be making, including the grid so it can support the electrical generation systems we need. But all that money needs to go to fighting unwanted wars and cutting taxes on the rich, not useful things like energy independence.

          The republicans won't support green jobs, ever, unless they don't realize it.

      •  Yes, it will work. Get a clue please. (0+ / 0-)

        We can BUILD the fucking transmission lines cheaper than we can build these moronic nuclear reactors, and there's enough sun to power the whole world, using current solar technology, with only a few hundred square miles of desert.

        Of course, solar technology is getting far better very quickly, so it probably won't take that much land in practice.

        Read pp. 1-7 of Krugman's _The Great Unraveling_ (available from Google Books). NOW.

        by neroden on Tue Mar 15, 2011 at 11:26:06 PM PDT

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    •  Not in the short term... n/t (0+ / 0-)

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