The Cost of our government energy policy

Posted by admin on June 13, 2013 in from Jerry Pournelle's blog, Politics, Technology |
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From Access to Energy

“Government energy suppression has cost the American people the greatest windfall of prosperity ever offered to any civilization in human history.

“Had the government not suppressed the development of nuclear power, our national gross domestic product would be more than double its current value and the standard of living of our people – especially the poor and the middle classes – would would be twice as high as it is today.

“Instead, we find our country with very serious economic problems, with a large part of our productive industries lost abroad, and with our landscape increasingly littered with windmills, whbich are little more than false advertising propaganda for an economically useless technology”

Alas it is all true. The worst of it is that we didn’t need to put tax money into nuclear power. We needed only to end useless regulation and endless hearing and rehearing and reregulation. Note that China has more than 50 nuclear plants under construction. The low cost energy from those will drive a thriving economy. The United States will have windmills, and some rooftop solar panels.

Home rooftop solar power for home consumption in daytime can even make economic sense for the user, so long as they are willing to adjust to being without much power on cloudy days, and don’t run the air conditioner at night.  Batteries are of course out of the question: at night you use the power grid.  But none of this will get the United States out of economic doldrums.

As I have said for many years, low cost energy is the solution to nearly all US economic and pollution problems.  Do not think that those who run the Department of Energy do not know this. They have a different agenda.

 

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