Why build the nuclear power plants in Alaska and waste all that power in
long electrical transmission lines? There are safe designs for nuclear
power plants that would make them good neighbors, much better
neighbors than coal fired power plants. Perhaps one day highways will
be modified to transfer power to electric vehicles while in motion which
would keep the batteries charged for trips off the highway. It may
be SciFi now but I recall when cellphones were science fiction. I really
do believe electric vehicles will be wonderful given time to develop and
build up a demand by the population but Moonbats are trying to force
them on the citizenry before they're ready for prime time. That will not
work as can be seen by all the "Green" energy companies that vaporized
after sucking up so much taxpayer money that was showered upon them with
great fanfare by the ignorant morons in charge of the country right now.
Don't you just adore The Emperor's new clothes? O_o
Solar energy is pretty popular over here. Unfortunately, Hawaiian
Electric has to charge more for electricity to make up for the lost
revenues caused by solar water heaters and photo voltaic systems. That's
the breaks. :-)
As I sit here at my computer in the great state of Alabamastan, it's
47°F, damp and cloudy outside and not a very good day for solar power.
When I lived and worked out in the middle of The Pacific Ocean, the days
were warm and sunny and great for solar power. Ways of storing the
free energy from the sun will have to mature before it will work for
everyone. I'm all for energy storage systems but would like to see a way
to store the actual concentrated heat that can be produced by solar
power. Perhaps super insulated tanks of molten salts would work. I like
the systems in use in places where underground ice banks are used to
help cool building in warmer months. The ice banks are frozen during the
winter months and used as a heat sink for air conditioning during hot
weather. I don't see why heat energy from the sun couldn't be stored in
the same way and used as a source of heat for buildings or for heat to
produce electricity. O_o
FOol. The IR losses would waste most of that power, and Nukes in
Alaska have a very poor track record. The one at Ft. Greeley was a
disaster. They filled the structures with cement to seal in the
radiation, and to keep thieves from trying to steal contaminated metal.
Electric vehicles are wonderful for the capabilities they have. The
electric car can never take the place of a gasoline powered vehicle
until it has the range and convenience of what we have now. Perhaps
a small nuclear reactor would give an electrically driven vehicle the
ability to travel long distances without having to stop every 50 miles
to recharge the battery. My concept of vehicle range is one that travels
far enough and long enough so that I must stop to empty my bladder
before the vehicle runs out of power. ^_^
There were five mounting locations for 30 gallon tanks on my old
stepvan service truck. Fully loaded, it got over 20 MPG or 600+ miles
per tank. Dual tanks easily let you drive over a thousand miles. All
five would take you over 3000 miles, if you could afford to fill all of
What do you do for transportation when you get there?
When we fly, we still end up renting a car. I typically put over 1500
miles on the rental if we are out west. The record was in the Dakotas,
2300 miles in 3 weeks. Stuff you want to see is far apart out there.
Most Euros have ABSOLUTELY NO CLUE as to the distances that are considered
normal in the US.
My cousin from Hungary, thought it completely crazy to hop in the car to
drive 120 miles/ 2 hours, one way, for a weekend in the cabin. Even though
it amazed him to see 8 deer checking him out on the back porch at less than
There is more culture/history than the USA
However he's right about long drives.
The USA is full of nothing. Especially in the middle.
This is the reason they sit in their themed basement/bars drink
chemicals (which they think is beer) and play with their guns and talk
Maybe in a thousand years you might have a little culture.
I can look up now and see 2000 years of history .
There are twenty odd places of interest within twenty miles.
Many you could spend days exploring.
And if you drive, the roads are interesting.
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