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PostPosted: May 04, 2014 3:11 pm 

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Return to the 1970s

Concise overview describing how / when / why the surrender of effective US government nuclear support / leadership commenced in the 1970's and evolved to where we're at (or not at, depending on your point of view) today.

PostPosted: May 06, 2014 12:26 pm 
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I found the most interesting part to be the one regarding climate change.

Note that in the 1970s, we were taught in grade school that there would be another (pollution-induced) Ice Age and we were told the science was settled then too—but what was the result? A policy that focused at least initially on coal power generation. The inherent contradiction is now plain today; will we see a similar process take place again? Will we face the best predictions for climate available from science—with a push to do exactly what it is we know intuitively will hurt the worst?

Exactly what we're seeing in Germany today. They push on green energy, invest in solar and wind yet in the end they're back on coal again. I read something interesting on it the other day.

PostPosted: May 06, 2014 6:46 pm 

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If they are paying $30bn extra a year that is enough for 4-5GWe of nuclear capital cost even at today's inflated capital cost.

And they would have to stop paying it in about ten years because they would have a huge nuclear plant with almost zero electricity rates....

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