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Re: More nuclear power in our futures (thankfully)

Hi Bill,

My recollections match yours. Recognizing that beliefs are not science, 

my understanding is that each of the so-called replaceable energy 

sources fit your description. Moreover, within the past year I've seen 

public reports of oil fields found in both China and Russia that exceed 

the amounts of the middle east oil deposits. US laws prohibit accessing 

our own oil so we now prepare to embark on a new emphasis on high 

sulphur coal -- how clever! Even now amid elevated gasoline prices, 

there is obviously a surplus -- crude at record highs due to a fear 

premium, but excess fuel prevents gasoline prices from closely following 

crude. I believe that nuclear power prices are mainly politically 

elevated -- five year construction projects take 20 years due to 

litigation, discriminatory financing practices raise costs., and the 

public is kept fearful of every tiny radioactive particle.

But these topics have been argued on Radsafe extensively in the past and 

will continue -- we were human beings before we became scientists, 

engineers, politicians, and so on. Thus just like the rest of the animal 

world, we continue to fight and argue within the context of all our 

other magnificent characteristics and accomplishments.  And any new 

light shed on these notions will be entirely welcome -- I am a retired 

dinosaur now -- maybe in time I too can become a puddle of oil or lump 

of coal.  <g>


Maury            maurysis@ev1.net

Bill Prestwich wrote:

>Dear Maury,

>    Thanks for this interesting posting. The article discusses solar energy as an alternative. It may be referring to passive usage, but it isn't clear. I wonder if someone in Rad safe can come to the aid of a failing memory. Is it not true that the use of solar cells results in a significant energy loss, when the amount of energy produced during the cell lifetime is compared with the energy used in cell production?




>Maury Siskel wrote:




>>The following analysis is an encouraging outlook for continuing the expansion of nuclear power.


>>Maury      maurysis@ev1.net



>>Strategic Forecasting Inc

>>Global Market Brief: Oct. 25, 2004

>>October 24, 2004


>>Electricite de France (EdF), the French national electricity monopoly, announced Oct. 22 that it would begin construction of France's first third-generation nuclear power plant at Flamanville in Normandy in 2007.


>>Unlike the 900 megawatt second generation-plants that France began building in 1977, the new EPRs (European Pressurized Water Reactors) are capable of producing an additional 700 megawatts of power at 


>---  snipped  --------




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