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Virginians for Energy Independence

I created this forum for those who which to discuss and promote Energy Independence ideas for Virginians.

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Pols make a (Yucca) mountain out of a molehill

Started by George Daily Apr 5, 2009.

Energy Taxes 1 Reply

Started by George Daily. Last reply by Ray Waddell Mar 1, 2009.

Federal Control of Power

Started by George Daily Feb 24, 2009.

Smart Electric Grid 1 Reply

Started by George Daily. Last reply by Mark Collins Feb 5, 2009.

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Comment by Ray Waddell on January 22, 2009 at 6:19am
Woefully Behind

France generates 77 percent of her electric powers needs with 59 nuclear plants. The U.S. generates 19 percent with 104. “France has no oil, no coal, no choice.”

Source: National Geographic Society Magazine, February 2009.
Comment by BowlMeOverVa on January 17, 2009 at 10:00am
Sorry for not keeping up with the posts here but have been busy with other things and researching the Virginia Energy situation. Some catch up thoughts:
1. Ray - concerning Moore's Law; and the solar option, could not agree more that if/when they figure out how to apply Moore's Law of computing to the Solar Silicon issue will it become a sustainable and viable industry.
2. Ray - the great energy delusion - couldn't agree more, the more I look at Virginia's electric supply I remain another heretic looking for sober solutions in a world drunk on hysteria. We need real energy leaders in this area not cheerleaders!
3. Nuclear power on ships - I served many years on nuclear ships and since the loss of Admiral Rickover has America lost its nuclear voice for dependable, safe, and abundant energy. God Bless those that remain on their eternal patrol.

I think what citizens of Virginia need to do is know, understand and respect that when they flip on their light switch, they understand what makes Virginia Electricity so unique and special in its own right. There is a story here that is not being told. I have other items to attack first but will get back to this topic SOON!
Comment by Mark Collins on January 17, 2009 at 9:52am
There's a perfect example of how liberalism stops nuclear power in Seabrook NH. If you goto Hampton Beach (its like Virgina beach but much much colder water) and look across the water you'll see two beautiful concrete domes. That is Seabrook Nuclear Power Plant. 3 of my uncles worked on that plant. It was constantly being stopped or delayed by environmental injunctions and "not in my back yarders". There are to this day signs alerting that no evacuation is possible. That of course is bunk but lets face it no evacuation will ever be necessary. That sad part is that hundreds of millions of dollars were wasted because the opposition managed to stop the completion of the second reactor. The containment bunker, inflow and outflow pipes and machinery were all there but only one reactor is operational after 30 years. What invester is going to start building a plant he may never get to finish.
Comment by Sandy Cope on January 17, 2009 at 7:23am
Ray- You make a great point about our nuclear powered Ships. My husband was n the Navy and spent plenty of time on Nuclear Powered Ships. He has been making the saftey issue point for some time.

As to the incoming administration energy stubborness, I believe it is all about "follow the money." For example- T Boone Pickens!
Comment by Ray Waddell on January 17, 2009 at 1:46am

Dear Mark,

I got to thinking about B.O’s lukewarm endorsement of using nuclear energy (“….if it’s safe and clean”) and I went looking for the number of U. S. Navy ships that are nuclear powered. The attached .pdf file lists them. Admittedly not all are in commission. Two are lost. And several are being built. But the list totals about 200 in active service. Pretty impressive “safe and clean” record so far. (The two lost were not due to nuclear accidents) Just a “talking point” perhaps.

Regards, Ray
Comment by Ray Waddell on January 14, 2009 at 2:59pm
Comment by Ray Waddell on January 14, 2009 at 10:46am
For Your Information
Comment by Ray Waddell on January 14, 2009 at 9:06am
I was not; but, I am aware of a “core” principle in the discussion of “waste” that being in the amount and potency of weapons grade versus “peaceful” development. Again, my much limited expertise on this complex issue is derived from the two books that have impressed with their rational study of the energy “independence” “movement” or non “movement”, if you wish. Thanks for the link.

Again, to whom do we turn to sort out fact from fiction, ideology from practicality? Or, as it is the “American Way”, we wait until the “fires grow cold” and the “light dims and dies” and that big, fat two by four slaps us up against our sideburns. Won’t matter much to me, but I have grandchildren.

Again, to whom do we turn to sort out fact from fiction, ideology from practicality? This question is repeated on purpose because all of our “hand holding” will accomplish nothing unless it “roots out” that person or organization of influence and expertise that “will” “bubble” this issue to the forefront for Congressional action.

Regards, Ray
Comment by BowlMeOverVa on January 14, 2009 at 7:25am
Ray, your on point on the Yucca Mnt. issue and Mr. Chu. Seems as if its not solar and not wind, they will oppose it. Are you familiar with PUREX? I am not but there seems to be more to the Yucca discussion than meets the nuclear novelist like me following this issue.
Comment by BowlMeOverVa on January 14, 2009 at 7:21am
My Green Plan:
For an economy based on consumer spending, does it make sense in this economic downturn to further dilute the future economic power of the consumer? As long as our elected officials continue to ignore the power of the consumer in this economy it will continue this down spiral. The only "Green Plan" I support at this time is one that puts more "Greenbacks" into the hands of the consumers!

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