Published on May 13, 2022
Written by drrichswier.com
Elon Musk did a broad interview (below) that was published on IsraelUnwired.com’s website by Phil Schneider. Elon Musk discussed during the interview the need for nuclear energy and re-opening any nuclear plants that have been shut down.
We fully agree with Elon.
In our column America’s Energy Future: Oil, Natural Gas and Nuclear we wrote:
Let’s look at the current numbers to see where Americans get their energy from.America’s energy future is not in solar and wind power. Rather our energy needs are best met by oil, natural gas and nuclear power.
Here is a chart showing how much U.S. energy is produced by coal and coal byproducts.
Here is a chart on how much of our energy is produced by solar and wind.
NOTE: hydropower is classified as a renewable. 1. Take away hydropower and wind and solar only account for 12.5% share. 2. When the sun goes down and the wind stops blowing, solar and wind fail to produce power:
According to [url=https://www.eia.gov/energyexplained/nuclear/nuclear-power-plants.php#:~:text=Nuclear power plants have generated,three plants have three reactors.]U.S. Energy Information Administration[/url] 80.9 percent of our total energy needs are met by oil, natural gas, coal, hydroelectric and nuclear power.
America’s Future is NuclearAccording to the [url=https://www.eia.gov/energyexplained/nuclear/nuclear-power-plants.php#:~:text=Nuclear power plants have generated,three plants have three reactors.]U.S. Energy Information Administration[/url] (EIA) there are, as of December 31, 2020, 94 nuclear reactors operating at 56 nuclear power plants in 28 states. Thirty-two of the plants have two reactors, and three plants have three reactors. Nuclear power plants have supplied about 20 percent of total annual U.S. electricity since 1990.
America has not built any new nuclear power plants since 1990.
The EIA notes:
Nuclear energy is clean, efficient and reliable. It is also carbon free.The United States generates more nuclear power than any other country
In 2019, 31 countries had commercial nuclear power plants, and in 14 of the countries, nuclear energy supplied at least 20 percent of their total annual electricity generation. The United States had the largest nuclear electricity generation capacity and generated more nuclear electricity than any other country.
France, with the second-largest nuclear electricity generation capacity and second-highest nuclear electricity generation, had the largest share—about 70 percent—of total annual electricity generation from nuclear energy.
If America, like France, made the wise decision to begin building nuclear power plants to meet 100 percent of our power we would need to build an additional 500, plus or minus, nuclear power plants.
This national initiative would allow the United States to then use its oil and natural gas resources to fuel our cars, SUVs, trucks, trains, airplanes and other gasoline and diesel driven equipment, such as generators, and become energy independent.
We could also export all of our coal for use by other nations to meet their energy needs.
American consumers will continue to buy new and used vehicles powered by internal combustion engines. Thus we as a nation must maintain and expand our ability to produce our own oil via on and off-shore drilling and fracking.
As more consumers go to all electric vehicles (EVs) and the charging stations needed to keep them running, whether in the home or on the road, the strain on our electric grid will increase.
We need more, not less, cheap and reliable power to fuel our economy, our communities and our nation.
Not to provide cheap and reliable power will lead to what we are seeing now, war in Ukraine.
The Bottom LineAmerica’s power lies in its ability to provide power to the engines of our current and future economic growth.
Starving America of power, makes America powerless. Starving our citizens of cheap and reliable power is a direct threat to our fiscal and national security.
To be powerful America needs powerful sources of energy. Nuclear, oil (for gasoline, diesel and aviation fuels) and natural gas are the best and most accessible means to energy independence.
Energy independence translates into life, liberty and the pursuit of our collective happiness.
Without cheap and reliable power sources the lights in that city on the hill will most certainly go out – for everyone.
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Thanks to: https://principia-scientific.com