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Our Energy Policy Needs Direction

We’ve seen it on the news, read it in articles; that the United States is struggling to define its energy policy can our leaders can’t seem to decide on what kind of sources to use. Nuclear Reactors have been closing down or are at risk of closing down while solar power plants and wind farms are being constructed. All of this is under the banner of trying to ween us off of fossil fuels, foreign oils, and the “dreaded” coal industry. Our biggest suppliers of energy are as follows: 39% is supplied by coal, 27% by natural gas, and 19% from nuclear power. Towards the bottom of the list are wind and solar with petroleum(EVIL) at a mere 1%.

But Zack! Wind and Solar are good for the environment! We need to stop relying on oil!

Oh? Let’s start with the wind turbines. Sure they sound reasonable, the wind is a renewable resource and there’s no indication that it will stop blowing in the foreseeable future. The problem here is the government’s endorsement of it! An an average of 39 million birds and bats of all kinds(this source offers a different number) some may or may not be endangered. Also there is this bit of an inconvenient truth about the $2.2 billion solar power plant known as Ivanpah which sits in the middle of the Mojave Desert

Thousands of birds are flying into a new solar “mega-trap” in the middle of California’s Mojave Desert, killing the avian lot at a rate of up to one bird every two minutes, according to the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (USFWS).

The state-of-the-art Ivanpah Solar Electric Generating System (ISEGS), which opened in February, is the world’s largest solar plant to utilize “power towers,”  skyscraping structures that receive beams of focused solar rays to generate electricity.

At Ivanpah, the sun’s ray’s are redirected from a sea of more than 300,000 mirrors on the desert surface below to hit water filled boilers atop three 459-foot “power towers.”  Temperatures near the towers can climb to 800 degrees, which causes the water to produce steam that turns turbines which generate energy.

And despite the best efforts of President Obama and the Democrats, oil production has created a boom in North Dakota, Pennsylvania, Oklahoma, and Texas. Oh and get this, that multi-billion dollar project? Only generates about 400 megawatts which is enough to power 140,000 homes. Excuse me, but is that something to be proud of? But surely the lowering of emissions makes up for this right? More from the article:

All told, the facility at Ivanpah generates enough electricity to power 140,000 homes and eliminates carbon dioxide emissions equivalent to 72,000 vehicles a year, according to a press release from Bright Source Energy, one of the trio of investors behind the solar plant.

I guess someone forgot to tell them that dead bodies emit carbon emissions and that the carbon that secretes from a carcass is actually more abundant than most cars. But I get ahead of myself here. I quoted the solar power plant article because it is almost comical. I mean did these people ever research Archimedes’ Death Ray? How can they be so obtuse? We know why, it is nothing more than a feel good campaign for these people. It doesn’t matter if people suffer, if acres of land have to be cleared thus destroying the natural habitats of several animals just to install a few mirrors and end up killing thousands upon thousands of birds; so long as you can pat yourself on the back and say “look! We do good!” Okay look I personally would love it if solar panels are adopted, if only to sell your excess energy to the utility company. For the reasons I have listed above, the government has absolutely no business endorsing these ventures on such a wide scale; if we are to advocate them then it should be on a house-by-house basis, not at the expense of the taxpayers.

Okay Mr. Smart guy! What is YOUR solution?! Huh?

Go Nuclear of course. There are over 400 nuclear power plants online around the world. Nuclear power is economical.

Each year, the average 1,000 megawatt nuclear plant generates approximately $470 million in economic output or value. This includes over $35 million in total labor income.1 These figures include both direct output and secondary effects.

Math question: If 400 megawatts can power 140,000 homes, how many can 1000 megawatts power?

This goes right into my next point: efficiency. The Palo Verde nuclear power plant alone produces 35% of Arizona’s energy. 75% of France’s domestic energy production is nuclear. Before you go into a hysteria about the “waste” there are ways of dealing with that. Ontop of that, does anyone see a problem with other states or cities incentivizing other states or cities for handling the waste? Note I said “state” and “city” not the federal government.

Wha…guh…frah…Chernobyl!

Oh good grief. Believe it or not nuclear meltdowns are extremely rare. Chernobyl? The Russian Government was and still is inept at cleaning up their messes. Three-Mile-Island? Contained before it got bad. Fukishima? Japan is in the process of cleaning that up but it did end up getting contained. The only difference here is that we seem to be the only nation is actively trying to turn back the clock on nuclear power! Before Three-Mile-Island, there were hundreds of nuclear power plants and reactors planned. After the incident, production has stopped with the only reactors coming online having been approved years ago.

Our energy should not be in the cross-airs of political opportunists, unfortunately they are and that is the reality we must face. So what can we do? Well get rid of the Department of Energy for starters and kick its responsibility down to the states. Most importantly though, we got stop this picking of winners and losers garbage. I don’t like it anymore than the next guy that certain big players in the energy industry get subsidies, but you know what? None of them are Solyndra!

As always, let’s continue fighting for faith, family, and freedom. God bless you all and God bless America.