Think ahead on energy policy

Think ahead on energy policy

There are 3 comments on the Asbury Park Press story from Oct 14, 2012, titled Think ahead on energy policy. In it, Asbury Park Press reports that:

There's too much ideological fervor out there, on all sides of the debate, to avoid that.

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SpaceBlues

United States

#1 Oct 14, 2012
To achieve growth and prosperity or not to be? How did we get here?

Agree: We have made no mention yet of nuclear energy because as it stands, thatís one energy source that should be de-emphasized as rapidly as possible. Officials have been unable to craft any viable plan to safely dispose of radioactive waste, and thatís a deal-breaker. Without such a plan, nuclear energy should play no role in our longer-term energy future.

Also: But as we marshal our forces and blend the available options, we cannot lose sight of the fundamental realization that renewable energy is the future, and has to be the paramount consideration in any well-crafted energy policy. To do anything else is to decide that nothing on this planet matters beyond our own lifetimes.
Northie

United States

#2 Oct 18, 2012
SpaceBlues wrote:
To achieve growth and prosperity or not to be? How did we get here?
Agree: We have made no mention yet of nuclear energy because as it stands, thatís one energy source that should be de-emphasized as rapidly as possible. Officials have been unable to craft any viable plan to safely dispose of radioactive waste, and thatís a deal-breaker. Without such a plan, nuclear energy should play no role in our longer-term energy future.
Also: But as we marshal our forces and blend the available options, we cannot lose sight of the fundamental realization that renewable energy is the future, and has to be the paramount consideration in any well-crafted energy policy. To do anything else is to decide that nothing on this planet matters beyond our own lifetimes.
I expected this article to say that we cannot calculate tomorrow's energy portfolio by measuring today's technologies, but the author let us down, rehashing old lies about the supposed "dangers" of leaving fossil fuels too quickly and then throwing nuclear out the window as well.

Nuclear will be a large part of the future energy portfolio, and solar will account for a still larger share. Natural gas will be huge for 20-30 years and then its portfolio share will dramatically shrink as the above sources gain momentum, all while even newer energy technologies come into play.
LessHypeMoreFact

Toronto, Canada

#3 Oct 19, 2012
The policy of Obama to develop BOTH fossil fuel resources AND renewable energies is the wise one. He re-iterated this policy on the Daily Show on Friday.

And both fossil fuels and renewables HAVE made significant gains under his watch.

The Romney plan of 'fossil fools only' is one that the US and even the world cannot risk adopting. It will lead to economic collapse as fossil fuel prices climb in an atmosphere of monopoly power.

Nuclear power could be the only salvation in that scenario, but light water reactors (highly concentrated U235 fuel) is both a proliferation risk and a meltdown risk with no current 'passive safe' design. Implementing a NEW design with enhanced safety would be a GOOD idea but would run into the problem of the shallow 'capital pool' left from the Bush fiscal mismanagement and global collapse.

Best to adopt ALL forms of power generation and stick with Obama.

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