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Comment Re: An idiot wrote this (Score 1) 275

who says that they will do anything BUT that ?
Economics dictates that you run those plants for 50 years or more.
And considering that China continues to build up more new coal plants than they are putting in new AE (wind and solar and hydro COMBINED), it is pretty certain that China will not shut these down.

Comment Re:Silicon Valley able to cope with Trump regime? (Score 1) 184

visas are fine. Seriously. NO ISSUES with green cards.
The 2 big issues is the massive number of illegals living here (probably a lot closer to 30 million, not 12 million; last time, stats got it all wrong)
And then the huge misuse of H1Bs.

The solution is to add more visas for position based, as opposed to family based, while solving the illegals and remove the H1Bs.
In addition, for the position based green card, the pay needs to be at least AVERAGE for that position (no less), while the taxes are double of which the company will pay the second portion.

Comment Re:Coal to grow in the USA?? (Score 1) 275

no. Several of the reactor design will actually burn up most of the waste. IOW, we have something like 100,000 tonnes (including what is burning right now). This will be dangerous for 200,000+ years.
BUT, with several of these reactor design, it will burn 95% of this up and give up 5000 tonnes which will be safe in 200 years. this is far better and safer than putting it in the ground.

Comment Re: An idiot wrote this (Score 1) 275

the ones being shut down are 50-100 MW in size. The new ones are GW in size. Neither old or new run emissions controls (though the new ones have the controls installed per treaty with Japan, but the gov allows plants to run WITHOUT controls). IOW, these new plants will use more than 10-20x as much coal as the one that they replace.

Comment Re:Coal to grow in the USA?? (Score 1) 275

actually, nu scale will have their first reactor working by 2023 and production line set-up.
In addition, if they get the funding that they are hoping for, they will be ready by 2020.

mPower is also looking for funding and they can have their first reactor out within 3 years after that.
Considering that Trump/GOP are talking about funding these companies (they love subsidies as long as it is to companies that they/friends own), it is hopeful that within 6 months, both of these 2 and hopefully a few others will be fully funded.
We need to not only replace coal plants, but time to shut down some of these older ones and put up new ones. I would esp like to see us put in reactors that burn up the current waste.

Comment Re:Coal to grow in the USA?? (Score 1) 275

Yes, but some idiot that does not understand Economics NOR America, wrote the above BS. Hell, he even got our numbers wrong. Coal is now around 27% of our electricity and for 2017, it should be around 20-24%. Of course, from that point on, it will SLOWLY be shut down. All of the shutdown until end of 2016 has been due to nat gas prices combined with the requirement that all plants have ZERO mercury emissions. Many plants simply shut down and went to either nat gas or wind.
Starting in 2017, it wil be pure economics for at least another 4 years. Once we have SMRs working and proving themselves economically (and they will), then we will see a replacement of coal AND nat gas.

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