When energy dreams fall short

When energy dreams fall short

There are 5 comments on the Politico story from Aug 25, 2013, titled When energy dreams fall short. In it, Politico reports that:

If the energy visions of past years had come true, throngs of Americans would be using switchgrass to fuel their cars and running their homes on electricity from nuclear fusion or carbon-capturing coal plants.

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#1 Aug 25, 2013
All our energy worries could be over with rapid certification and deployment of Liquid Fluoride Thorium Recyclers. Sustainable unto the 10,000,000th generation. They promise to be the leanest, cleanest, greenest source of reliable power.
kramer

Germany

#2 Aug 26, 2013
KitemanSA wrote:
All our energy worries could be over with rapid certification and deployment of Liquid Fluoride Thorium Recyclers. Sustainable unto the 10,000,000th generation. They promise to be the leanest, cleanest, greenest source of reliable power.
That's what you think !!! Going to Mars is easier. You sound like a damn salesman.

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#3 Aug 26, 2013
We've made a Liquid Fluoride Thorium Reactor, we've never been been to Mars (with people). LFTRs are fairly easy and COULD be cheap if the luddites don't impede things too much.
BDV

Decatur, GA

#4 Aug 27, 2013
Save 7th largest earthquake in known human history, nuclear reactors have a good track record.
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2nd generation nuclear reactors (like the ones that SHOULD have replaced the Fukushima Dai Ichi's Mark Is in the 90s) have a SPOTLESS track record, even WITH 7th largest Earthquake (and ensuing tsunami) in recorded history.
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Ray-dee-ayshun is eeveel, Petroleum good. Humans killed by coal and oil and/or displaced by hydro don't really count, baaa, baaa, baaa.
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Baaaaa

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#5 Aug 28, 2013
BDV,
I agree the Gen II plants with Mk 1 containment should be replaced, but only after all coal fired plants are replaced first. If you add up all the nuclear accidents AND the bombs, coal use kills more people then that every year. We really need to get rid of them first.

What should be done is to make sure all those GEN II plants have at least the NRC mandated safety upgrades like here in the states. Unfortunately, Fukushima did not, and the result is evident. Even with them, the plant would probably have been toast, but the explosion and release of that much radiation would have been prevented. It probably would have been more akin to TMI than Chernobyl.

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