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Coal and nuclear energy are the abundant resources we have. Coal will get us to the point where all electricity is generated by nuclear energy. There is nothing wrong with wind and solar but they are not reliable, and I doubt anyone wants their electricity to go off because it is dark or the wind is not blowing. I know I don't.
I live off grid with wind and solar power. We don't lose power every time the sun goes down or the wind stops blowing. They work together, wind and solar. These sources are abundant and do not harm the environment. This should be the way of the future.
You are one person, that either had a lot of money to spend on your system or bought the property with the system installed. Either way, those types of systems are financially out of reach for the normal person. The companies that produce them cannot afford to just give these product away at cost. Nor should we expect the government to pick up the tab for installing these tsystems on every house in America, if you think health care is expensive, wait till you see the bill for that.
I will admit there are ways to supply yourself with power, but as I said 90+% of households cannot afford the cost of installing these systems, and the maintenance of them.
Reality: Coal will not be one of the major energy sources, UNLESS, a clean technology is developed. There is on-going research but who knows the outcome?
To rhammel: Reality - Any fuel that you have a 300+ year supply of, that is cheap, we already know how to use it safely, and it can be developed into a better cleaner product with time will always be a major fuel source.
I have discussed the solar and wind power with many engineers that work with these systems. All of them tell me the same thing. There is not enough torque in these systems to run Americas industrial base as it is today. The large motors and resistive loads just cannot be sustained with these sources. Nothing is free. You cannot get energy from nowhere. I must have a base source of energy to drive itself and the equipment tied to it.
So I have to say again. If America wishes to rid itself of coal, it MUST lose it fear of nuclear power.
Think of the bllions of barrels of oil that could be saved each year if all merchant ships were nuclear powered, instead of diesel powered as they are now.
Solar and wind might be ok for someones remote farm, or to add to you existing power system. But they have no chance of driving America's base load on their own.
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