restlessknights

The knights are restless and for good reason.

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Fission for answers – con-fusion is the result

So what’s causing restlessness among the knights, this time?

Presidents pandering to polluters is my alliterative answer. Just as April 1st was upon us, President Obama became fossil fuelish by approving the Oklahoma section of the Keystone XL pipeline.  This was not the oil change I believed in, when I enthusiastically endorsed his election bid in 2008.

Now why do we suppose he did this? Was it because the voters of Oklahoma, grateful for the 600 temporary jobs his approval will potentially create, will rush out to support his re-election bid in 2012? If his race against that infamous flip-flopper, John McCain is any indication, Obama lost to the old rogue 66 to 34% in 2008. Does the President know something we don’t, such as Oklahomans woke up to reality and will now reverse a century old tradition of voting Republican?

Just when I thought my nights couldn’t get any more restless, at about the same time as the Keystone cave-in, the administration cut the budget for fusion research. Some have said this is the technology of the future, and always will be. The $50 million cut in fusion energy research will make that prophesy self-fulfilled.

Wait, my restlessness is just beginning. The withdrawn funds, which would have extended research activity at MIT, which last time I checked was a facility located in the United States, will now be directed to International Thermonuclear Experimental Reactor (ITER) located in a country where they don’t even talk American. This decision will close one of the three MIT facilities with all of the associated pain that come with significant layoffs.

This same President has gone fission, with the Federal underwriting of the conventional nuclear industry. This is the nuclear power that Germany, after appreciating the destruction experienced during the recent Fukishima fiasco, decided to replace as an energy source. Why does conventional nuclear power need Federal insurance guarantees? Because no company on the planet will insure a nuclear plant on its own.

Admittedly, cold fusion energy is an expensive process, but should it come to fruition, it could solve most of the energy problems associated with the burning of fossil fuels, and the dangers of uranium mining and storage of spent nuclear materials. Scientists working on this technology claim to be nearing a breakthrough. Is this the best time to be nipping it in the bud?

For more about the Pros and Cons of Nuclear energy, please go to my website:  http://ourneighborhoodearth.org/NuclearPower.html

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