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skijohn

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The state's energy grid was unprepared to handle the winter storm

 



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Rush Limbaugh dies at age 70​



Sorry to double post but I felt this needed a post of its own...​
 
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That's funny! Republicans in Texas, like Ted Cruz, castigated states run by Democrats for "not having the modern conveniences of electricity." The fact of the matter is Texas has made their grid private giving greater controls to the oil and gas industry. Back in the late 19th century Texas had a cold winter which left many in a bad way. The federal government warned Texas 10 years ago to shore up their power infrastructure, but they decided to neglect that. Now, the taunts and nasty remarks Cruz made against California are fertile ground for Texas. Most of the power outages are from coal, natural gas and nuclear power plants not from windmills. Though I agree that they should also shore up their windmills too.
 

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All of these systems, whether it be wind, gas, or nuclear, can and do run fine in many cold weather places around the world. Just poor planning and design by whoever is in charge of Texas' system.


I think nuclear energy is way underused, such a promising technology. Of course workable fusion is ideal, but even if we cannot achieve it for some reason, we are really missing an opportunity by not using fission more. People got scared off because of a couple bad accidents, but something like thorium or molten salt reactors would solve many of these issues that the older designs had and would be a huge weapon in the fight against climate change.
 

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YES nuclear is the way to go and fusion will be the ultimate energy solution.
The keystone pipeline is 100 times cleaner than shipping all that oil by train and truck, it's really all about foreign kickbacks, gas prices are already going up and I know they will continue to climb under Biden and it's counterproductive both environmentally and economically, not to mention all the people who are now out of work, but on the environmental front alone stopping the keystone pipeline is counterproductive.
 

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Antimatter would be the ultimate with fusion following close behind it. Both technologies are beyond us atm but nuclear is pretty much perfected isn't it? I would love to have more nuclear power in our lives. Maybe I just play fallout games too much but I'm all for it
 

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Watch those YT videos and about Thorium and molten salt reactors, they are a better way.
China and all the world is working on fusion, it will happen the only question is when, if the US and allies slack off China will have it 1st, it is the best answer for clean energy but our dirty politicians like importing foreign oil, they get to move a lot of under the table money/influence around through foreign oil, it's the reason Biden stopped our weapon sales to Saudi Arabia, it's not because they care about the slain Saudi reporter Jamal Khashoggi, NO.......democrats have a gravy train to protect, the hell with what it costs us......but as the Chinese Yuan is expected to become the would default currency within 10 years and China the world leading economic power ......what do we have to worry about ?
 

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Be wary/leery of buying into the all propaganda about Thoriuim and salt reactors based on anticipated climate change big $$$ effort. It seems to be a part of an unnecessary big money spending plan for the most part which is the same, to one extent or another, for all the related woo-woo about technology realted to climate change. Same as everything else it all boils down to $$$ more so than anything else.
It is to become a big business under the current US administration. Hungry busineses and pundits are a lining up for it with hand out, in a free for all style as is usual when government wants to spend/dump big money on anything.

From: Bulletin of the Atomic Scientists Dec 2019 https://thebulletin.org/2019/12/fact-check-five-claims-about-thorium-made-by-andrew-yang/
" By John Krzyzaniak, Nicholas R. Brown | December 18, 2019
Do the claims about thorium actually hold up? The Bulletin reached out to Nicholas R. Brown, an associate professor in the department of Nuclear Engineering at the University of Tennessee, to examine five common claims about thorium and next-generation nuclear reactors. Brown’s responses are below.
Overall, although existing and new nuclear reactors may indeed be part of a long-term carbon-free energy mix in the United States, the public has good reason to be skeptical that thorium can or should play any role in the future.

Claim: Thorium reactors would be more economical than traditional uranium reactors, particularly because thorium is more abundant than uranium, has more energy potential than uranium, and doesn’t have to be enriched.
False. Although thorium is more abundant than uranium, the cost of uranium is a small fraction of the overall cost of nuclear energy. Nuclear energy economics are driven by the capital cost of the plant, and building a power plant with a thorium reactor is no cheaper than building a power plant with a uranium reactor. Further, using thorium in existing reactors is technically possible, but it would not provide ant clear commercial benefit and would require other new infrastructure.
Additionally, there is technically no such thing as a thorium reactor. Thorium has no isotopes that readily fission to produce energy. So thorium is not usable as a fuel directly, but is instead a fertile nucleus that can be converted to uranium in a reactor. Only after conversion to uranium does thorium become useful as a nuclear fuel. So, even for a reactor that would use thorium within its fuel cycle, most energy produced would actually come from uranium fissions.

Claim: Next generation thorium reactors would be safer than current reactors.
True but misleading. Nuclear energy is already very safe, and Yang is correct about that. The current US nuclear fleet generates about 20 percent of all electricity in the United States and has an excellent safety record—despite accidents such as Three Mile Island. When it comes to new reactors, although some next-generation designs offer potential safety benefits relative to current reactors, they could be operated in either thorium-uranium or uranium-plutonium fuel cycles. Consequently, the benefits are a function of the inherent safety in the next-generation designs, not the utilization of thorium.

Claim: The waste from thorium reactors would be easier to deal with than waste from today’s uranium reactors.
False. A comprehensive study from the US Energy Department in 2014 found that waste from thorium-uranium fuel cycles has similar radioactivity at 100 years to uranium-plutonium fuel cycles, and actually has higher waste radioactivity at 100,000 years.

Claim: Thorium would be more proliferation-resistant than current reactors—you can’t make nuclear weapons out of it.
False. A 2012 study funded by the National Nuclear Security Administration found that the byproducts of a thorium fuel cycle, in particular uranium 233, can potentially be attractive material for making nuclear weapons. A 2012 study published in Nature from the University of Cambridge also concluded that thorium fuel cycles pose significant proliferation risks.

Claim: Building new nuclear reactors will likely be necessary if the United States wants to achieve net-zero emissions by 2049.
True. Nuclear energy is already the primary ultra-low carbon energy source for base-load electricity generation. Although solar and wind have their place in the energy mix, the primary benefit of nuclear energy is that it is not intermittent, as solar and wind are, so it is almost always available without needing energy storage. So new nuclear reactors will be necessary to both replace aging ones and to meet a net-zero carbon emissions goal. But thorium-uranium fuel cycles provide no inherent benefits relative to uranium-plutonium fuel cycles, so the new reactors need not be thorium-powered."
 
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So wind turbines are near useless and don't count in this power outage ?
Actually the wind turbines should have been adding to the grid and more people should have had power, but the windmills failed, how ever much that counts for they failed. Point blank the wind turbines sat disabled while people went without power amid this global pandemic.
This became a political issue when Greg Abbott, the Governor of Texas tried to say that the Windmills in Texas were the reason Texas went without power, It was actually the fact that Texas, 10 years ago got a cold spell, that the Federal Commission said was caused by not winterizing their infrastructure and it would happen again when it got cold if they didn't. The loss of power in Texas was mainly caused this time by frozen hardware to coal, gas and nuclear power plants. The greatest being the gas lines freezing to these power plants. Abbott then tried to walk back his comments about the windmills as they actually did better in keeping up with power to residents there. Texas has privatized all their power grids, so they have no one to pull extra power from once their neglect of power stations cause these problems. It would be more accurate to say that Republican rule in the state is the cause for this lack of power now, not windmills.
 

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Ted Cruz is either liked or disliked depending on if you are either Ted Cruz or not. This won't help him with his 2024 campaign. 🤣
 

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Greg Abbott, the Texas governor, has been spouting nonsense where ever he can about the terrible non-action of ERCOT that caused a 5 to 6 fold decrease in fossil fuel electric grid failures over green energy failures there. This was to get ahead of the condemnation of their failure to winterize their structures since the last time they had this kind of failure exactly 10 years ago. FERC, the federal government's regulatory commission, told them so in February of 2011. They decided not to act and are trying to scapegoat renewable energy sources on places like Fox News which is more than happy to oblige. But, Abbott's false claims have really come back to bite him on the ass. The Washington Post has had several articles out on this in the past couple of days.

Now, Texans are facing a huge shortage of potable water because of the loss of electricity which is affecting almost every Texan. They are having to import water from all over the south and most of Texas is under a boil water before drinking it......even if it comes from your tap. Their windmills had nothing at all to do with this. Enron is mostly responsible for putting the idea in Texan politician's heads when they illegally scammed Californians out of millions of dollars in 2000 and 2001. The difference is Texas made this legal in their state while California went after Enron. Texans never let a bad idea go to waste whenever they can.
 
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Man, Ted Cruz is an idiot, we had a few stupid out of touch politicians here get their chops busted due to going on vacation during the pandemic, right after telling everyone else to stay home except for essential reasons.

I don't know if they are just braindead, have massive superiority complex, or what, but that kind of crap sure contributes to general sarcasm about politics.
 

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Ted Cruz also lead the false narrative that the 2020 election was stolen from Trump. He has been brain dead on so many levels. Have you seen that at least 29 Capital police are under investigation for helping the insurrection on the Capital? It seems that many White Supremacists have been encouraged to infiltrate police forces and the military so they can use their positions to push against Black person's rights.
 




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