Re: Ginger discussed on Today Show?

From: Wayne E Baisley (
Date: Thu Mar 08 2001 - 20:06:05 PST

> Yeah, but we LIKE our power grid.
> Especially us Californians.

Wait 'til you've got a mandated percentage of zero-emissions (electric)
vehicles to recharge. Where do we get people who come up with policies
like these?

The worst thing that 'that previous administration' ever did, IMHO, was
to kill the Integral Fast Reactor research project, and at a point where
it cost just as much to kill it as it would have to finish the
research. The reactor was demonstrably safe (why there's even a Java
simulation that proves it! :-). It had the ability to recycle other
reactors' and its own spent fuel, or material from scrapped warheads,
taking out the fuel's entire actinide section of the periodic table.
And inside a working reactor is an excellently secure place to keep
fissionable materials. Instead of fussing over our nuclear waste
storage "problem", we could have just made electricity.

These new nukes probably wouldn't have been online yet, but they're now
at least a decade further off than they could've been. Where's the
massive new natural gas infrastructure going to come from to feed Ginger
to offset gigawatts of electricity?

Harrumph, er, </SOAPbox>Cheers,

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