quote: they're going to say, people said oil spills like this were impossible, so why should we believe you when you say the same about nuclear accidents?
quote: Oil and nuclear aren't interchangeable anyway. We need both. Unless someone has developed a car sized Mr. Fusion that I'm not aware of. Also petroleum is used in thousands of other products that have nothing to do with energy production. I'm in favor of more nuclear power too. But this article isn't the way to do it. Trying to lump together coal and oil accidents to make a case for Nuclear doesn't change the fact that both nuclear AND petroleum products fill a unique role. And both are equally needed.
quote: Mr. Fusion
quote: What's tomorrow's law going to say when big oil's lobbyists turn their attention to that issue?
quote: But the amount of pollution produce by man overwhelm nature clean up capacity ten fold. That's why you can still see oil laying around for years and years after in oil spill region
quote: Spill-related or not, tourism in the Sound has increased significantly over the past 10 years, according to Lisa VonBargen, executive director of the Valdez Convention and Visitors Bureau. Tourists stopping by the visitor center in Valdez alone has practically doubled, from around 26,000 in 1989 to nearly 50,000 last year. Sportfishing is up around 65 percent.
quote: I fail to see why we should keep bases in Germany, s.Korea, Okinawa, and Bimini open for decades after we've left the area otherwise. The US military is supposed to be a defense force not an occupying force.
quote: We wouldn't like it if the Russians left a base or two in our neck of the woods
quote: Then there's the billions in R&D that we are all funding at a time when such funding is not really warranted. Yes they make cool new toys but at a time when we are the biggest bad ass military on the planet with the best trained, best fed, and best equipped people... why do we need to research new missiles, and new planes, and new gear for them? I don't have the exact figure but I'll bet its over 200bil we spend on R&D each year. That's YOUR tax dollars going to fund projects that may never see the light of day.
quote: "I don't have the exact figure but I'll bet its over 200bil we spend on R&D each year"
quote: When a time comes that two or three nations can potentially band together and believe they can easily beat the US, then we'll return to the same cycle of warfare we saw in the first half of the 20th century.
quote: Reclaimer, do you really think we need "peacekeeping forces" in Germany?
quote: I can see maintaining a sizable army on the ground in Korea, sure, but Germany? This isn't 1932, and the Weimar Republic isn't about to collapse under overwhelming inflation. Germany is a stable state, part of NATO (!) and the EU.
quote: And Russia is sure as hell not going to invade Europe any time soon.
quote: Other than South Korea (and currently Iraq&Afghanistan) we should NOT maintain military forces on foreign soil!
quote: If America or American interests are threatened, then sure. But why should our men and women be asked to risk their lives to protect, say, Georgian interests?
quote: I guess maybe the difference is that I do not want the US to be the world's Policeman.
quote: First, we don't have the right
quote: But why should our men and women be asked to risk their lives to protect, say, Georgian interests?
quote: we have bigger problems closer to home.
quote: The Supreme Court on Wednesday reduced what had once been a $5 billion punitive damages award against Exxon Mobil to about $500 million.
quote: Surely on the larger scale it doesn't really matter, but it certainly disproves many of the claims of the anti-nuclear environmentalists that in essence; nuclear power plants creates more radioactive material than it uses.
quote: Nuclear power is NOT clean. I'm sorry Jason, but you're crazy to think that!! Sure we need to get away from oil, but we need to embrace free solar energy, not damage our environment even more with radioactivity.
quote: I do think solar has it's place. If someone can create cheap and efficient solar shingles, and we then stick them on top of every house in the country that could make a significant dent in energy use. Maybe just enough to power the AC and lights, but that's not bad considering it will likely help most during peak usage hours.
quote: I would point out one thing though that you seem to put as a negative and that is the area for solar panels. 100m^2 is not a *huge* area...it's just 10mx10m. The many good points about power availability aside, when put that way the area does not sound so bad. While it might not work in cities it would certainly be feasible in suburbs. Hopefully new materials and production methods can drop solar panel price/W a lot.
quote: Even with that knowledge, this does not solve the problems of time shifting the energy for night time use...nor the landfill waste of panel disposal.
quote: I would point out one thing though that you seem to put as a negative and that is the area for solar panels. 100m^2 is not a *huge* area...it's just 10mx10m.
quote: The sun moves across the sky reducing the exposure for any patch of surface area to pi/4 if you do the calculus.
quote: Sunlight hits the earth with approximately 700 W/m^2.
quote: Based on this I'm going to guestimate that you could get 37KWh/day out of a 50m^2 array.