I work for a company who provides material to utilities so I do know something about all this. If I had made up my mind I would not bother to e-mail you since that would be a waste of time. The added generation was most probably natural gas which is too valuable to be used as base generation (it heats houses and makes chemicals). I thought you had done the research and had the answers as it appeared you were quite informed.
Don't assume that everyone who does not agree with you is a dope. Yucca Mountain will only store waste from our weapons programs, we need to recycle the wastes to make more fuel. It appears that you only want to assert that you are correct and need to be proved otherwise.
Further discussion is probably not advisable, but thanks for the input.
From: "Russell D. Hoffman" <email@example.com>
To: "Barry Alexander" <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Subject: Re: Nuclear Power
Date: Fri, 28 May 2004 13:09:46 -0700
Thank you for your email (shown below). I suppose, according to your logic, that slitting one's throat is a good way to diet. It would, after all, cause one to stop eating.
In a recent 14 month period California added over 4,000 megawatts of electrical generation capacity -- more than enough to replace all four operating nukes in the state (but we didn't do that, unfortunately. We could, however, just as easily add another 4,000 megawatts for the express purpose of closing the nukes). Adding wind, wave, tide, solar, geothermal, hydro (large and small), and not to mention space-based mirrors -- are all useful components of a successful renewable energy solution. To claim that only coal can replace nuclear is short-sighted at best, and pure voodoo economics at worst.
You say you're open to suggestions but I think it's clear you've made up your mind long ago and I challenge you to prove otherwise. After all, you can go out on the Internet (and elsewhere) and study the comparative data for the costs of various renewable energy systems available today, you can try to adjust those costs for the savings that would inevitably occur if massive numbers of people were making the switch, and you can realize that nuclear is a scam, that makes money only for the power plants' owners and no one else (it costs everyone else a lot of money). You can go do that research, but you obviously haven't. So what would you do with any suggestions I make? Declare them infeasible and move on, right? What is your actual experience in these areas, anyway? Which of the alternatives to coal and nuclear have you actually studied in-depth? What facts about the dangers of nukes have you considered thus far? You ask me to provide you with the solution, but without knowing your current level of knowledge (which appears to be nil) I can't know where to begin.
And while you're at it, let's see you actually describe, in your best technical language "the associated facilities to process waste properly".
Such facilities do not exist and Yucca Mountain does not fit the bill. So what's YOUR solution to the waste problem? Just that there should be one?
At 02:21 PM 5/28/2004 -0500, "Barry Alexander" <email@example.com> wrote:
I would like to know where the electricity is going to come from if we would shut down our current reactors. They produce about 20% of electric power and only coal powered plants have the capacity to replace this base load.
We could of course reduce our use of electricity by 20% but in a society that won't even buy fuel efficient cars I doubt that many are going to give up air conditioning etc. In addition we will need more electricity for growth and for either fuel cell cars or hydrogen production.
So please let me know if you have an alternative that could provide the required electricity, and the time frame you think would be needed for conversion.
I think we need 200 new nuclear power plants and the associated facilities to process waste properly, but I am open to suggestions.
Thanks for your efforts to improve our society.
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