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This is entirely a question of Will -
For the cost of the jrbush war in Iraq, we COULD install solar panals on EVERY Government building in the country - schools are a prime candidate.
Since private industry has PROVEN they are incapable of building safe, on time and on budget nuclear plants, the Government could build the reactors and "sell" steam to the commercial power company, replacing all the coal and oil fired plants in a decade. France already has all the blueprints we'd need and standardization will cut construction costs by +20% AND rates by as much since the Utility gets to recover a percent of total investment in their profits. Lower investment, lower rates for all.
Simply changing building codes to require we orient houses for maximum "solar advantage", requiring roof overhangs to enhance heating and cooling and increasing insulation requirements we could cut utility consumption AND the cost of operating a family home by 30%.
A Government subsidity to deliver natural gas along all Interstate highways and a tax incentive to convert from diesel to NG would convert all our semis to NG in 5 years, cutting our oil imports by 30%
The answers are there, no new technology needed, all we have to do is decide we're getting off fossel fuels NOW..
Posted by Olderscout66
Since private industry has PROVEN they are incapable of building safe, on time and on budget nuclear plants, the Government could build the reactors and "sell" steam to the commercial power company, replacing all the coal and oil fired plants in a decade.
"Private industry" has many strategic (government) roadblocks CREATING the long time to build, test, and operate a nuclear plant. The government doesn't have the experience or knowledgeable manpower to build these plants safely or on time without hiring subcontractors.
How Today’s Licensing Process Works
- A company that is considering construction of a nuclear energy plant first chooses a site and a reactor design, either separately or together. If the company has enough lead time before it needs to build new generating capacity, the company may apply to the U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission for an early site permit (ESP) and “bank” the site for future use. The NRC provides an opportunity for a public hearing on ESP applications. If advance site selection is not feasible, the company can designate a site in connection with its application for a combined construction and operating license (COL).
- The company selects a reactor design—typically a design certified by the NRC or one undergoing certification review. During the certification process, the NRC provides opportunities for public comment on reactor design safety issues. Successful completion of NRC certification designates that the reactor is safe for operation.
- The company develops a COL application, which takes about two years. Absent an early site permit, the application will include both safety and environmental information. The application is submitted to the NRC.
- NRC review of the COL application is estimated to take three years. Before making a decision on the application, the NRC provides an opportunity for a public hearing on COL-related issues. When the NRC is satisfied that all issues have been resolved, the agency issues a COL.
- The NRC staff monitors construction through its inspection program and uses pre-specified inspections, tests, analyses and acceptance criteria to determine if the completed plant conforms to the approved design. Construction will take about four years. At least 180 days before uranium fuel is loaded into the reactor, the NRC provides notice of the intended plant operation in the Federal Register.
- The NRC provides an opportunity for an additional public hearing on whether the plant, as constructed, complies (or will comply) with the NRC’s acceptance criteria defined in the license. Requests for a hearing at this late stage must show that the NRC’s acceptance criteria either have not been or will not be met. Requests also must specify how this would compromise public safety.
- The electric company performs startup testing of the new reactor systems and equipment. With satisfactory completion of this process, the plant is fully operational.
In your mind, government solves all YOUR problems. In most people's minds, they create problems!