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Re: “'Nuclear Batteries'

Our ultimate energy source is nuclear power from the sun, and the huge exponent in Einstein's elegant equation provides all the guidance humans need to deliver clean air and water, sustainable communities and prosperity, for billions, forever: http://www.businessinsider.com/thorium-mol…, http://www.zmescience.com/ecology/what-is-….

Fortunately, the EPA Clean Power Plan clearly supports an all of the above energy strategy.

Unfortunately, the Renewables/Fossil Fuels Industries continue to oppose this strategy, while billions live in poverty and tens of millions die each year from energy poverty and air pollution: http://instituteforenergyresearch.org/anal…, http://www.who.int/mediacentre/news/releas…, http://www.unmillenniumproject.org/documen….

It is past time for all states and nations to identify a clear path towards global energy production and prosperity, which is consistent with all Climate Change Targets and Emission Mandates: http://docketpublic.energy.ca.gov/PublicDo….

We either start making decisions based on scientific consensus, or continue to rely on some other metric, which will insure smarter species evolve to replace humans: http://www.pewinternet.org/interactives/pu….

Posted by Kirk Gothier1 on 06/18/2017 at 11:54 AM

Re: “'Nuclear Batteries'

Presumably, the reason for an SMR is to significantly lower the cost of building the plant. So then they string 12 of them together. Would be more cost effective for the consumer to build a right sized, much more efficient conventional reactor.
There simply no question that SMRs are financially grossly non-competitive, hence the lining-up at the Federal "pig-trough" for massive subsidies.
If the folks in the Pacific Northwest are so enamored by the technology, then use your own money to build the plant.

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Posted by Keller on 06/15/2017 at 6:15 PM

Re: “'Nuclear Batteries'

The reason nuclear power generation gets compared to nuclear weapons is that each and every reactor is in essence a potential dirty bomb. The definition of dirty bomb is a deliberate radioactive release, and by attacking a nuclear power plant terrorists could cause a deliberate radioactive release. why would we put these materials close to population centers? They are targets plain and simple, and potential dirty bombs.

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Posted by Russshackleford on 06/15/2017 at 1:52 PM

Re: “It's About Time

5 minutes well spent Evans. If the universe is an aquarium of sorts, time is the glass. Why would that make us uneasy?

Posted by Robert Lockett on 06/11/2017 at 6:42 AM

Re: “E-Cigarettes vs. Tobacco

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Posted by Mr. Nastytoe on 06/07/2017 at 10:27 AM

Re: “Myth of the Invisible Ships

By the way, I also like the explanation where the person says they wood question their sanity, because no one else was looking, and therefore stay silent. There was a famous sociological perception experiment with Confederates where the Confederates stated that two lines were different in size when they were really the same, and most people agreed with them!
This would be another more consistent hypothesis than humans not noticing the ships!

Posted by MtVelveteen on 06/04/2017 at 8:52 AM

Re: “Myth of the Invisible Ships

Well, my comment is that ignoring and survival mode are contradictory , so therefore, one can't have it both ways:
To begin with, Humans are one of the most curious species on the planet.
If they were on "survival mode", it's inherent hyper-focus triggered by the brain's amygdala would actually add to curiosity to the point of hyper-vigilance. The possibility that is brought up in the other post regarding them being aboriginals who is phenomenology include seeing spirits all the time is also a good point. But you can trust that under those circumstances they would have been very aware. Maybe not help early responsive, but very aware. Their survival depends on that awareness in a wild environment.
Of course, the truth is we bring confirmatory bias from our own belief systems to any situation, so I don't know that my analysis is anymore correct.
ButIMO, the natural state of the human - especially spiritually - at that in history, combines with survival brain physiology, to conclude that the invisible hypothesis, or the "they are spirits, and we just hope they will keep moving on" are the more likely explanations.

Posted by MtVelveteen on 06/04/2017 at 8:50 AM

Re: “A Yurok Mushroom Hunter

Nice story, I've heard about Larry for a long time. But it bothers me to think of tons of chanterelles being harvested by commercial pickers to be sold to foreign markets. It gets harder and harder to find wild mushrooms because of the commercializations of wild foods on public lands. It's not right.

Posted by amelia on 05/23/2017 at 9:42 AM

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