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America is endangered; I don’t need to list all countries that exploit the US. The US is the world’s #1 consumer of oil, consuming 21 million barrels of oil. The US is suffering an electrical deficit: it exports 19800 million KWh but imports 44530 million KWh. Only 20% of the American energetic mix belongs to nuclear reactors. Net oil imports amount to 12 mn barrels of oil per day. Oil is now more expensive than ever – more expensive than even during the Iranian revolution (1979). The US annually produces 20 billion cubic ms of NG, but every year, it imports 118 bn cubic ms of such fuel. That is an annual NG deficit amounting to 98 bn cubic ms.
It is these deficits, NOT the Dubya Administration, that has caused the US economy to grow slowly.
What options are available to the American people?
1) Tidal-estuarial electric plants. These can be built only in the estuaries of large rivers. There are only 20 places in the world where such EPs could be built. One of them is in France, where the first EP of this type has been built. After it was, the French have wisely decided to build nuclear reactors.
2) Wind turbines. Option #2 is the worst of all options. Wind turbines do not work on windless days (i.e. 70% of the time); kill birds; work noisely; cost much cash; work economically inefficiently; occupy much land.
3) Solar panels: they do not work during nights. Solar EPs occupy much land. They can co-power houses, spaceships and planes, but not other things.
4) Dams: They are good, but most American rivers have been tapped already.
5) Tidal-offshore – Although Britain is an island, offshore tidal EPs could produce only 20% of the British electricity demand. For America, offshore tidal EPs would’ve been equally insufficient.
6) Natural gas and oil: They are such precious fuels that they shouldn’t be used by EPs, but rather by motorists. Utilities should build nuclear reactors.
7) Coal: A very good fuel. An alternative to nuclear fuel, but can also work alongside it. Unlike nuclear fuel, though, it generates deadly gases unless filtered. The Chinese use coal to power their houses, offices and factories; consequently, their country is the most polluted in the world. Also, China annually emits more CO2 than the US.
7) Nuclear fuel (uranium): undeniably the best option. It is abundant – even if the US started to consume 4 times more uranium than it consumes now, there would’ve still been enough nuclear fuel in the world for centuries. The US military has recently declared 17.4 MTs of “near-term LEU” to be surplus; that amount of uranium would’ve been sufficient for the US for 115 years if America started to consume 4 times more uranium than it uses in its reactors nowadays.
Successive Republican and Democratic administrations have refused to marshal facts about nuclear reactors; closed many coal mines; banned coal EPs; and closed swaths of the American territory (including the ANWR) to drillers. Like all other countries of the world, America will suffer an energetical crisis unless the US government immediately adopts better laws. If it doesn’t, the American people will be shivering in their cold homes and trying to cope without telephones and TVs.
For the next few years, the US must open all of its coal mines, and use coal not only in EPs (replacing other fossil fuels), but also liquifying it.
For all years afterwards, the US needs to abolish its ‘energetical mix’, which according to the chief of the DOE, Samuel Bodman, has made America secure. The entire American territory, including the ANWR (which contains enough oil for the US for 273 days), must be opened to drillers. Ethanol subsidies should be abolished and banned. And regarding EPs, France and Lithuania serve as examples – the American people must embrace nuclear reactors. 96% of the spent nuclear fuel produced by nuclear reactors can be recycled (utilities should be obliged to recycle it, but if they can’t, the French can). Nuclear fuel can be imported from the entire world; the US is already supplying itself, and is being supplied by Russia too.
This is a list of my America-related proposals.
Photo by the Gazeta Agency.
During the Floridian Republican Debate, moderated by Tim Russert of MSNBC, Presidential Candidate Mike Huckabee called on the US government to spend more on freeways, and rightly claimed that the US economy would be stimulated if it did.
Huckabee thus echoed US Senator Charles Schumer (D-NY), who was criticised for his proposal by Michelle Malkin. source
But the USA’s infrastructure – while it’s great – cannot be taken for granted. It needs to be radically improved.
What America needs is a new freeway Act, which will radically expand the American freeway network, which, although it is 75000 kms long, is scarce compared to the giant American territory (the US is the world’s 3rd largest country after Russia and Canada). Also, several American freeways (e.g. the I-405 and the I-5) are overcongested, so the existing freeways must be modernised.
This is a list of my proposals – a list of the freeways that should be built or modernised. Examples:
1) the part of the US-1 road from Miami to Key West should become a freeway;
2) All US Army, USMC and USN bases, and some USAF bases (e.g. Davis-Monthan AFB), should be connected to each other by freeways;
3) the Hot Springs National Park should be connected to the freeway network;
4) as should be 4 villages around Lake Winnipesaukee (NH);
5) Alaska should be connected to Canada by a freeway.
America depends on freeways, which are the ways through which most American passengers travel. Not railways. Not airports. Not ships. It is freeways that are most commonly used by the American people. If built, my proposed freeways would:
1) reduce ‘travel times’;
2) de-congest American roads;
3) save fuel;
4) reduce GHG emissions;
5) reduce the number of people dying each year;
6) give the US military a better road network (which was important for the US to win the American-Soviet War (1945-1991) and the First Gulf War (1991))
7) return $6 for every $1 invested in them to the American people; and
8) make America even more democratic than it is now, by allowing people to travel freely.
As of today, $50 bn of the $150 bn economic stimulus has not yet been given by the US government, so rather than give it, it should improve the American freeway network, so that Americans will have more roads like the one depicted in the photo included in this post.
The USA’s future President should choose either Huckabee or Giuliani as his Transportation Secretary. Both of them have plans that would improve the USA’s infrastructure.
On August 3rd, 2007, Melanie Morgan claimed that the residents of Minnesota are no longer endangered after the I-35 bridge collapsed:
There’s one big difference between the bridge collapse and the terrorist attacks of September 2001: the imminent danger to the residents of Minnesota has now passed; the danger our citizens face from Islamic jihadists has not.
Melanie Morgan’s article
No, Melanie, the residents of Minnesota (and all other Americans) are STILL endangered by America’s infrastructure, which is great, but insufficient for 300 million Americans who are employed by the world’s #1 economy. You are wrong, Melanie. Americans will only be safe when their infrastructure, for which they pay usurious taxes (like the federal diesel excise), will be modernised.
And, as Rudolph Giuliani said some months ago, the federal government cannot mend this alone. It needs partners – state and local governments.
G8 member nations were often blamed for global warming. But anyone who has read the real CO2 emissions statistics knows that anti-G8 protestors are stupid. As this table indicates, all G8 member nations combined are responsible only for 50% of the quantity of CO2 that humanity emits. And unlike the Chinese and the Hindis, the Brits, the French, the Germans and the Italians, as EU citizens, promised to, and are obliged to, reduce CO2 emissions. The Chinese and the Hindis neither promised nor are obliged to reduce CO2 emissions.
Not that the AGW theory wouldn’t be a lie. It is a lie.
The EU’s illegal minister responsible for EU Diplomatic service, Javier Solana, has continued to negotiate with the Iranian regime, begging Ahmadinejad not to produce nuclear weapons. Does anyone still deny that the Euroconstitution has already been imposed on us by the Eurocrats?
David Noakes constantly claims that Edward Heath was the second-worst British traitor because he signed the 1972 ECSC Treaty. He also claims that the Conservative Party has been controlled by the EU since the 1960s, and the Labour Party and the Liberal Party since the 1980s. He is wrong.
Firstly, Edward Heath did sign the 1972 ECSC Treaty, but Britain became a member state of the EU because of an application submitted to Brussels by Harold Wilson, not Edward Heath, in 1969.
Secondly, the Labour Party and the Liberal Party too, like the Conservative Party, have been controlled by the EU since the 1960s. Already 41 years ago all three were pro-EU parties. Harold Macmillan (a Tory) was the first British PM to submit an application to Brussels (he did so in 1961), but Harold Wilson was the second, he submitted an application in 1964. Like the first one, it was vetoed by Charles de Gaulle, the then French president. After CDG resigned in 1969, Harold Wilson, as I already wrote, submitted the third British application. Proof:
Conclusion: the Labour Party, the Liberal Party and the SNP cannot be trusted. The Conservative Party can. The Tories just need to sack their Europhile leader.