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From: Jack in OH (
Subject:         "Nuclear; our very best option"? Hardly.
Date: December 5, 2007 at 6:22 pm PST

In Reply to: Re: Friend, your cited source is short in a couple of areas posted by Moi on December 4, 2007 at 5:34 pm:

Our very best option is conservation. After that, it's solar and wind, except near the oceans, where wave power could join the mix. Sodium sulfur batteries are now being used by American Electric Power here in Ohio. They're high capacity, last a long time, and are economical. They could be used to store power from above alternative energy schemes, and be available 24 hours/day.
Building codes have to be changed to mandate the best insulation, windows, high efficiency furnaces, AC units, and appliances. Existing buildings, both commercial and residential must be upgraded to those standards.
Plug-in hybrids should be the only vehicles made in ten years.
To put this all in perspective, we could supply all the energy needs of this country with solar panels of present efficiencies, on only 10,000 sq. miles of land. Break that up into 1000 locations of 10 sq. miles each, and we'd have it made. For cloudy areas, wind could be used to supplement the solar. I think that would also be doable in 10 or 15 years, if we got cracking now.

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