The Latter Days of Nuclear Energy

Green energy forums have been dominated by pro-nuclear discussions of late – with a detectable pattern of cartel-speak. The arguments generally portray nuclear power as a venerable, low-cost, zero-carbon savior as opposed to “high priced”, “unproven” renewable energy alternatives such as solar thermal, solar PV, wind and biomass/geothermal. – Nothing could be further from the truth.

Brothers & sisters, here are a few revelations about the fast-approaching last days of costly, dirty nuke plants:

Real-world reactor operating life – Average age before reactors are decommissioned is 22 years, not 40 as nuclear proponents testify. In fact, there has been no net increase in the total number of plants for 20 years .

Non-competitive price per kWh – The official price per kWh is grossly underestimated. Reactor construction costs frequently run 300% over budget. Dismantling & nuclear waste disposal costs are deliberately quoted as being lower than reality. If these factors were considered in the price per kWh equation, nuclear energy couldn’t compete against any other resource.

Looming shortage of uranium fuel – Here’s a shocker: Every tenth kWh of nuke-generated electricity comes from former Soviet Union warheads. Since the 1990’s, uranium consumption has been higher than production. Today 40% of demand is drawn from “reserves” (dismantled nuclear weapons). – Uranium reserves will be exhausted in 10 years.

CO2 balance -It takes enormous amounts of energy to mine low-grade uranium. Only Canada possesses deposits of ore-grade of 1 percent. In other countries, ore grades are 0.1% (two thirds of countries have only 0.06% grade ore). If ore grade falls to 0.02% the carbon balance boasted of by the cartel becomes negative.

Uranium fuel prices skyrocketing – Between 2000 and 2007, spot pricing for uranium oxide soared from USD $7 per pound to USD $130 per pound. Experts predict much higher prices as uranium reserves peak.

These little-known facts pretty much nail down the lid on nuclear energy’s coffin, and make the “zero CO2” nuclear power gospel irrelevant.

It’s time to embrace the real solutions. “And of the kingdom of the Sun there shall be no end.” Solar thermal power is now cheaper than coal, and ready to be installed even down to the home level.

I know this to be a fact because I’m sitting here looking at one of our low-cost, infinite-life solar steam/ORC turbine alternators. We just announced batch manufacturing of these components for manufacturers/systems integrators in the RE industry.

After 10 years of R&D, this CSP-enabler is ready for the takeover of a world in desperate need of Free Energy.

Call to Arms: Why it’s imperative to move now.

As a planet, we have destroyed the foundation for good health. The oxygen content in our once-rich atmosphere is under daily assault and there is not a single healthy human being or animal on Earth that is truly healthy. At this point in time, we are furiously destroying the last vestiges of clean air, clean water and clean food necessary for a growing global population.

Rising pollution-induced death rates & chronic disease is directly attributable to mismanagement of resources by a greed-based government/industry cartel. In spite of undeniable reports, investigations and eye-witness testimony, the world is accelerating its unsustainable activities – and governments are now funding the very industries that are killing us.

The WorldKar™ enterprise is more than a “green” company capitalizing on market opportunities. We began WorldKar™ with the realization that nothing short of economic warfare on polluters will begin to halt the extinction-level event that looms on the horizon.

The time to act is NOW. Join us in shifting consumer spending to clean technologies: high eficiency vehicles, and free energy from the Sun.

150 MPG WorldKar. Not coal-EV’s.

Everywhere I look, the myths of “clean electric” vehicles & PHEV’s propagate
themselves like an agressive virus. Startup car companies and Oldie Moldies like GM, Ford, etc. boast about “zero emissions” battery power propelling cars down the road at unbelievable “gallon equivalents”.  Bloggers repeat the error, not reporting that hybrids are actually much cleaner than EV’s charged by coal-fired utilities or nuke plants, which both emit toxic metals, radioactive particles & foul the planet.

Our company has proven 90+ MPG HEV powertrain technology that costs the same or less than standard drivetrains. Our power management system was verified at 45 MPG in gridlock (stop & go) driving and 90 MPG highway, on combustible fuels.

And that’s before we factor in our Pulse Detonation Turbine engine that boosts MPG’s to 150 as it cleans toxins from the incoming air! We figure that 90 MPG is the MINIMUM needed to begin rolling back global air pollution – something not possible with EV’s or battery-powered PHEV’s.

Green investors, potential franchise assembler/dealers & those who are truly interested in cleaning our air are invited to visit for details about our under $10K all-terrain commuter kit car and the engine that cleans the air as it operates.

PHEV’s, bad idea for unsustainable U.S.

PHEV’s (plug-in hybrid electric vehicles) are on my ‘hit list’. So many naive do-gooders promote this technology as the next great salvation for the planet – with only a casual reference to its destructive consequences.

The reason PHEV’s are a bad idea is simple. They will significantly increase air pollution and greenhouse gas emissions as the world’s vehicle fleet more than doubles in this century.

Very few people know, or care to know, where their electricity comes from. In the U.S., 86% of the 101 quadrillion BTUs of energy used in 2005 came from fossil fuels. A sizeable chunk (23%) was pumped out by dirty, coal-fired plants. And, as we speak, more R&D dollars are being sought for the exploitation of the U.S. coal bonanza.

In spite of widespread scientific consensus that there is no way on God’s green earth to cleanly burn coal, petroleum products or radioactive materials, the global energy cartel continues on its reckless course.

Politicians, industry, investors – they hear only the clamor of consumers for more energy, more gadgets, more consumption & more mobility. To them, that means money and/or votes – and to hell with major changes in the electric utility infrastructure.

It reminds me of a line from a favorite Bogart movie: “What does Rocko want? Rocko wants MORE.”

By 2020, no major changes in the U.S. energy landscape will have occurred. Outside it’s a different picture. The rest of the world is already looking for answers not found in the energy cartel’s bag of tricks. Solar-to-hydrogen projects and fuels switching programs are underway in many countries.

Soon they’ll be telling the U.S. to “eat my dust” as they cruise down the road in their high-efficiency hybrid cars, powered by our Phoenix Turbines.