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Wind and solar power are more expensive than is commonly thought.
SUBSIDIES for renewable energy are one of the most contested areas of public policy. Billions are spent nursing the infant solar- and wind-power industries in the...
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A new study has found that alternative energy sources barely outpaced rising …
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+Michael Paparian From now until 2020 in USA, projected growth of all renewable electric annual power generation is +95 TWh. Growth of coal during same period: +114 TWh. It is true that renewables are displacing some fossil. But to save the world, we need to reduce CO2 emissions. Each new/existing nuclear plant also displaces a fossil plant.
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A vote against nuclear energy is a vote to use fossil fuel.
Over the last fifty years, nuclear energy has proven to be the safest and most efficient of all energy sources, from both the human health and environmental perspectives. A new report came out today analyzing the contributions of nuclear energy to the nation’s economy, and nuclear power couldn’t have gotten a better report card.
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+Matt Gardner Nuclear plants have no inherent need for fresh water. They can be seawater-cooled and/or air-cooled. 
http://www.world-nuclear-news.org/RS_Air_cooling_for_Finnish_plant_1704131.html
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Jeb Bush identified as Hispanic? Dolezal identifies as Black and has a Black history? Is skin color the only criterion? You can read a Black book by its cover? No such thing as an oreo?

I buy a PC with MS Windows pre-installed and lots of Windows stickers all over it. I reformat the drive and install only Linux but leave the stickers on. Don't tell me it's still a Windows machine!

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How come natives never go native? Maybe they can’t. I’ll have to ferret out the logic on this one. Or maybe they’re too smart to do it. But there seems to be no shortage of gringos who wish to be something other than what they are.Consider: Jeb Bush wants to be Hispanic, going so far as to identify himself as Hispanic on his Miami voter registration form. He later claimed this was just a mistake, changing the form and admitting that he is in fact...
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We need to quit rewarding people on the basis  of race.
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I'm a science fiction film viewer who often exceeds capacity for suspension of disbelief. Remember Star Trek IV, where they have to "save the whales" and need to acquire transparent aluminum to make a humongous fish tank? I always assumed the film's tech consultant let pure tomfoolery slip through in the script. I was wrong.
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I happen to be one of those people who do not drink any beverage while eating a meal.  Yet, I consume 200 gallons of fresh water with each meal.
What we eat - our diet - makes up at least two-thirds of our total water footprint, which includes the large volume of "virtual water" needed to produce food.
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"A person who is vegan will save 1,100 gallons of water, 20 pounds CO2 equivalent, 30 square feet of forested land, 45 pounds of grain and one sentient animal’s life¹ every day."

http://www.thrive-living.net/2015/07/saving-planet-one-meal-at-time.html
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Some scientists are calling for 100 percent renewable energy. That's the wrong approach.
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Is a vote against nuclear energy a vote for renewable energy?
Over the last fifty years, nuclear energy has proven to be the safest and most efficient of all energy sources, from both the human health and environmental perspectives. A new report came out today analyzing the contributions of nuclear energy to the nation’s economy, and nuclear power couldn’t have gotten a better report card.
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We need base power and only Coal and Nuclear, and more recent Natural Gas, can provide the base power we need. In some cases Hydro, but a very small amount in very limited areas. Yes nuclear produces nuclear waste, but coal and natural gas produces large amounts of pollution and mining for the resources has negative effects on the areas they retrieve them from. Is nuclear perfect, no, but we need still need nuclear.
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Rand Paul is a man besieged.Eight weeks into his White House bid, the Kentucky Republican is hurting for deep-pocketed donors, watching supporters of his libertarian father, Ron Paul, gravitate toward opponents and getting flogged by a GOP establishment that abhors his calls for a less interventionist approach to foreign policy.But his latest confrontation...
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It worked in ensuring that only a watered down version of the "PATRIOT" domestic spying act got passed - and in making it clear that the so called "Freedom" act, the watered down version, is still really a reinstatement of domestic spying and not much of an actual step towards freedom.

As far as Paul's presidential campaign is concerned, I think he has other problems.  He doesn't understand the difference between the "peace through strength" folks, and the folks like Graham who only give "peace through strength" lip service, and actually mean "war through strength".
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The proposal is revolutionary.
If you're striving to make sense of Google's plans for its new north-of-Bayshore office space -- call it the Greenhouse Complex -- pay attention first to the company's DNA, its history and its competition.
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The religious often ask a lot of "God". Can we not fulfill virtually all of these needs with our family, friends, work, avocation, art, and nature?
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+Matt BenDaniel Please put videos only in the video category. A discussion will happen even if put in the proper category.
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Software Developer at Google, Nuclear Energy Advocate
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Professional software developer for 25+ years.
 
I'm an environmental advocate, specializing in energy production technologies. I have read much and am convinced our best energy option currently is nuclear energy. Nuclear energy is much safer and cleaner than people perceive. Burning coal and petroleum are much more harmful than people know, and all fossil fuels should be taxed for the damage the do. Natural gas may emit more greenhouse gas than coal. Wind and solar are diffuse and not yet economical. Far less than 1% of our energy comes from solar/wind.

Many anti-nukes assume that pro-nukes are anti-environment and establishmentarian. I am ultra-green. I believe in steep taxes on carbon, minerals and fresh water. We could boost our economy based on green technologies and practices.

I am at best a lukewarm supporter of our current nuclear industry and the NRC. Even though nuclear energy has saved lives and has been good for the environment, the industry has mismanaged itself badly. The industry has lied to the public and done a very bad job of educating the public. The NRC is a bunch of political stuffed shirts who are hell bent on doing pretty much nothing. Both the industry and our corrupt federal government have been opposed to research and development of improved nuclear energy technologies, especially LFTR and other fast reactors. As a result, our advancement of nuclear science (our best hope for the future) has pretty much been at a standstill since 1970. I have never worked in the nuclear power industry. I have no family or close friends in the industry. Nor am I financially invested in it. The only motivation I have to support nuclear power is that it is our most underused option to save the biosphere.
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    Computer Science, 1979 - 1983
  • MIT Sloan School of Management
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