GauchoGreg

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  1. GauchoGreg

    Greta Rides Again?

    Of course not... I did not mean to imply that (that only the Left was opposed). Most people follow the news in a superficial way, and accept what is fed to them in a superficial way without digging in to verify and objectively consider for themselves if an issue is legitimate, or not. Just like silicone implants, mercury in dental fillings, emfs from wind turbines (see, I'm being fair, I don't see how that claim against wind energy is legit), etc. ... people buy into sensationalism and will find themselves against things due to unsubstantiated claims and scare tactics, and it often takes many years or decades for the reality to change things. The problem is that politicians (on both sides) are naturally cowards and often will not stick their necks out for something that is right if they see that it will not score them political points. The politicians on both side allowed the Left, aided by the sensationalist reporting of the lame media, to skew public sentiment against nuclear power, and in so doing, kicked the can of our energy needs down the road, and in so doing, missed a huge opportunity to have already dramatically reduce CO2 emissions. This is why one of the original founders of Greenpeace (Patrick Moore) regrets his actions in starting the anti-nuclear energy movement by conflating the peaceful use of nuclear tech in energy with the use of nuclear tech in weapons.
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    Brest Atlantiques 2019

    Ayyyy! That can't be good with how many miles they have to reach Cape Town. I hate to see what that hull will look like behind that point by the time they get there.
  3. GauchoGreg

    Greta Rides Again?

    So, a 16 year old girl taking a year off school, obviously without a job, and with other people paying for everything from the clothes she wears, to the food she eats, to her medical care, to her transportation...., can opt to sail instead of fly. Great. Good she has a nice adventure. Nice that she may be developing a love of sailing. How many 16 year olds the world over have no job, have everything paid for by others, and love sailing? Why the press releases and press coverage for Greta. Why does every leftist on Facebook fawn over her with "I love her!", and "she is such an inspiration!"? Are you really going there?
  4. GauchoGreg

    Greta Rides Again?

    How many people were killed at TMI and Yucca Mountain? What kind of plants were Chernobyl, WPPSS, Hanford, and Fukushima? How many people have died, outside of the disaster at Chernobyl (a reasonable exception considering the type of plant it involved, which is not like anything in the entire Western world), worldwide due to nuclear power? The damage to the reputation would be nil had it not been for the insane reporting, prodded on by the Left, that was devoid of scientific understanding and was propelled instead by ideology.
  5. GauchoGreg

    Greta Rides Again?

    EXTREMELY old designs, both of them. And if you are talking Hanford, we are not even fruits and vegetables, let alone apples and oranges. If the Left put half of the resources into perfecting new MSR designs, thorium designs, etc. as they did in finding ways to integrate socialist policy into energy policy, such as the NGD, we would probably already have the new age nuclear plants online, making the examples of Fukushima and Hanford laughable. EDIT: I now see that it is the "Whoops" plant near Richland that you are referring to... by the way, similar in a way to Chernobyl, as a dual-purpose (energy and weapons) plant... which has fuck-all nothing to do with modern plant designs. I love how you keep going back to massively obsolete examples that have nothing to do with even modern "conventional" plant designs, let alone MSR and other state of the art and/or future designs alternative desings (those things that would/could already be in service had it not been for the environmentalist-led obstruction to the entire nuclear energy industry.
  6. GauchoGreg

    Greta Rides Again?

    My major in school was Environmental Studies. The best class I ever had was "Energy and the Environment". Fantastic professor, extremely objective, and we went through the impact of all power sources and their impact on the environment, as well as risk of catastrophe, etc. My department was WAY left, as far as you can go. But during that class, we studied in detail, then visited Diablo Canyon, and by the end of that class even almost all of the enviroLeftists were becoming pro-nuclear, or at least struggling to find reasons to oppose it. And that for a relatively old design, even if the construction was one of the newest in America at that time. What the environmental movement has done to paralyze nuclear power is sickening and ironic.... they have directly contributed a great deal to global warming by effectively killing the growth of nuclear power, forcing us to continue relying on coal and gas when we would have naturally transitioned away, to a pretty high degree, already.
  7. GauchoGreg

    Greta Rides Again?

    Yeah, lots of space for them, out there where other people can deal with them, where much of their power production is lost (that which is not already worthless due to when it is produced and when it is not) through transmission. Erratic power (we already see where most utilities are not wanting more wind energy contracts due to the nature/timing of the power generation. Back to better solutions, how do you feel about nuclear? Look at the following link and tell me if you would rather have asinine policy like that Greta and AOC are pumping, which will economically cripple us and input a nanny state on us all, limiting much of what we do and what we can buy in order to reduce our energy usage, or would you rather have more rapid and deeper cuts to CO2 production while actually having more, safe, non-CO2 emitting power? Face it, the Green's favored way of dealing with global warming sucks ass. Some of the MSR and other plant designs even have the plants under ground... completely safe and passive safety in design. By the way, not sure what plant that is in your photo, but regardless, not sure what the black smoke is... not looking like a modern plant in the US or Europe. https://www.nanalyze.com/2015/10/6-nuclear-energy-companies-building-molten-salt-reactors/
  8. GauchoGreg

    Greta Rides Again?

    Nice straw man arguments. As you will notice, I'm not a fan of hydroelectricity due to the impact on anadromous fish and inundation of valuable and scenic lands, and I'm not suggesting fossil fuels (even gas) as long-term sources for powering the grid (those resources are far more important for remaining transportation needs such as aviation, and plastics). Nuclear has by far the smallest footprint of any of the power sources you just discussed, and modern plants, especially the new MSR models, have by far the least impact or risk of injury, death or pollution. And when you say you "tend to prefer the ones that can be removed without permanent damage" you are both ignoring that the need for power does not just go away, so acting like the wind or solar farms will just go away and the land returned to natural state is not exactly making me feel all warm and fuzzy. Further, I have actually toured both San Onofre and Diablo Canyon, studied them in detail, as well as their management, and can tell that their impact on the environment is miniuscule compared to the big wind and solar farms. So, anticipating that none of the power source impacted lands just go back to nature, I would prefer those that take up the least amount of land in the 1st place. Geothermal and tidal power certainly have good potential, as well, by the way.... And the future uses of solar are likely to be very diverse and effective, such as roof-top, in-road, parking covers, etc., particularly at place of use rather than transmitting to the Grid. so I'm by no means a nuclear only guy. I'm just calling out what needs to be called out, that the idea of 'Green" needs to be less religious in nature, and focus more on science and reason.
  9. GauchoGreg

    Greta Rides Again?

    Pretty fucking stupid to ban the technology rather than banning the companies that violated the rules/laws.
  10. GauchoGreg

    Greta Rides Again?

    Man, you are a tremendous tool. Yeah, because there are no wind farms along the Columbia River to see as examples. Yeah, why preserve natural open spaces when you can blanket them with these: or these: You know, because Mother Gaia spoke to you and said on the 9th Day, she made wind turbines, and she saw they were good. Meh, personally I believe those landscapes look better without the massive white towers and constantly whirling blades the size of football fields. But hey, I also think a beautiful women looks better without tattoos. What do I know, plaster those fucking things everywhere... you know, because they make the landscape better.
  11. GauchoGreg

    Greta Rides Again?

    Yeah, blanketing wind turbines on landscape like that below is SO VERY "Green", right? Would have devastated endangered sage grouse habitat, not to mention an incredibly beautiful landscape. How very green. Other people see near shore ocean areas similarly. Visual pollution is a very real thing, or do you think not? And for crap energy due to great inconsistency of wind, often when you don't need it, or none when you do need it..... causing fires..... Actual proposed wind farm site (Kiger Gorge, Steens Mountain, Oregon).
  12. GauchoGreg

    Brest Atlantiques 2019

    So nice to see that boat ripping along in the Roaring 40s. First time that a foiling boat has been able to enjoy the ultimate in Southern Ocean ripping conditions. I would love to know how much of the time the boat is up on foils only, and not skimming. Need a drone shot.
  13. GauchoGreg

    Greta Rides Again?

    Of course... I get that. My point is that different plant models may make it easier to site the plants, particularly if it is not necessary to be on significant bodies of water. I have always thought that the Native Americans have been missing a hell of an opportunity with nuclear plants... they could make way more money than they do with their casinos by having nuclear plants on their reservations as they could completely circumvent much of the issues.
  14. GauchoGreg

    Greta Rides Again?

    I understand your points, and they are valid. Certainly, it is critical to do what is possible to avoid the impact of the obstruction from the Leftists which is solely to blame for the insane delays and run-up of costs that the Left now claims makes nuclear non-competitive. Have to love their thinking... they do the obstruction then blame the results of their obstruction with the added costs. Brilliant, of the fucking intellectually/morally bankrupt leftists. But a lot of the siting issues you bring up may not be so problematic with the newer plant models. I think we agree on the general premise of using the government as a way to expedite the siting and construction... just looking at it at different ways. When all is said and done, I could not care less which way ends up being more effective, so long as the development of the plants moves forward as quickly as possible.
  15. GauchoGreg

    Greta Rides Again?

    In this case it does. The uber-woke ignorant left that have pushed the Paris Accord while ignoring China & India dominate the politics of those nations and have deemed fracking evil but massive wind farms blanketing oceans and wild landscapes as good. They have dictated that fracking not be allowed in those nations, it is not based on scientific determination that fracking is a bad way to make power or reduce CO2 emissions while fulfilling power needs and protecting the environment.
  16. GauchoGreg

    Greta Rides Again?

    If you don't want the "green" movement to be characterized as a religion, stop acting like it is a religion. As it is the movement is all based on faith and emotional pull, worshiping what they deem as good/holy, and demonizing that which they claim is evil, neither of which based on science or reason. The ban on nuclear and the worshiping of wind/solar is the perfect example. Why is fracking banned in nations that are Leftist enclaves of the uber-woke green brigade... I think the answer is in the question.
  17. GauchoGreg

    Greta Rides Again?

    That's not the only way it works, but at least we are talking about the right things, rather than trying to ram solar/wind through as the only option (as said, solar & wind have great applications, but they lack the potential for the kind of total power production INCREASES we need to power up transition to electric vehicles, desalinate water, improve/expand recycling/synthesizing of more materials, and simply handle the growing populace. A few very important things not covered in your post.... the new age nuclear tech involves a lot more versatility and options, much of it not requiring the amount of water previously required for cooling, all of it far less wasteful (recycling or burning up of waste, etc.). Good example is the new MSR (salt reactors) plant designs. My vision is that the DoE gets the worlds foremost leaders from academia, industry, energy, and the environment together to identify the best plant options considering all factors, and for different areas, then the president fast-tracks approvals for plants best suited to different areas and different resources.... The government then issues LOANS (not grants, we do not need government to pay for these) at market interest for general construction. Doing these two things (fast-tracked approval and government loans at market rates) would dramatically reduce the costs that have skyrocketed for nuclear plants due to obstruction from the Left. This really is far more urgent and far more important than what the asinine "green" movement thinks. It is despicable what the "Green" movement is doing by pushing their economy-crippling concepts while banning the one thing that could dramatically reduce CO2 while also improving our lives. "... A recent study from the nonprofit Energy Innovation Reform Project estimated that the latest batch of nuclear startups could deliver electricity somewhere between $36 and $90 a megawatt hour. That’s competitive with any power plant that runs on natural gas (which runs between $42 to $78), and would provide a viable alternative to fossil fuels. In a best-case scenario, nuclear power could be even cheaper. There are projections a study like this can make based on, say, an improved design that cuts construction costs, but it can’t anticipate revolutionary advances. “Hopefully these designers will come up with much more radical reductions in cost — you would like energy to be more accessible to a billion more people — so that nuclear becomes a cheap alternative that can beat natural gas even if there’s no carbon price,” Parsons said. “That’s just a hope, but that’s what entrepreneurs are supposed to do.” Matthew Bunn, a nuclear expert at Harvard, said that if nuclear power is going to play a role in fighting climate change, these advanced nuclear companies will have to scale up insanely fast. “To supply a tenth of the clean energy we need by 2050, we have to add 30 gigawatts to the grid every year,” he said. ..." https://www.wired.com/story/next-gen-nuclear/
  18. GauchoGreg

    Greta Rides Again?

    Why? Nothing has reduced CO2 production in the world more than fracking. As the technology matures, the faults have been dramatically mitigated. Of course that does not make sense to those who's religion tells them to condemn it. Be objective and look into it with a mix of pro, negative, and "unbiased" research/publications, don't take any one person's word for it, consider the big picture and the little picture on a pro/con basis, then get back to us on how bad it is.
  19. GauchoGreg

    Greta Rides Again?

    Good post.... a few things to add. Nuclear power is the only option that can increase our energy supply by a large margin without significant impact on either CO2 emissions or taking up large swaths of open land, or both. It takes up a very small footprint, is not dependent on weather, can adjust output, and can be located closer to its demand, or can produce so much power that transmission losses are not such a problem. But you just identified another reason nuclear is important, it is the only power source that can also be combined with desalination. Desalination could dramatically increase our amount of arable lands available for farming. In California, desalination could be used to clean up large swaths of former farmland that have become sterile due to salt build-up, and of course it use draw sea water to either substitute the instream flows in major rivers like the Colorado to help the environment in its riparian areas as well as the Sea of Cortez, but also irrigate new farmland, particularly if necessary as some farmland becomes inundated with rising seas. The blatant ignorance about nuclear power and the false professing that its waste is a big problem is one of the worst problems we face relative to energy and the environment. We are missing a huge opportunity because idiots professing themselves to be "green" don't see it as part of their religion.
  20. GauchoGreg

    Greta Rides Again?

    Oh, come on, man, can't you see how global warming is impacting the gravitational pull of the moon?
  21. GauchoGreg

    Brest Atlantiques 2019

    Gitana finally able to push down on the gas pedal instead of riding the brakes. Back up to speed closing in on 40knts!
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    Brest Atlantiques 2019

    Sodebo back up to full speed (for the conditions) and the normal track.
  23. GauchoGreg

    Brest Atlantiques 2019

    Something goofy with Sodebo?
  24. GauchoGreg

    Brest Atlantiques 2019

    As much upwind sailing they are doing in this leg, you would think their aero advantages have to be helping.... although I guess maybe not if they have to slow down for the seastate, anyway.
  25. GauchoGreg

    Greta Rides Again?

    Yeah, there is more than one way to be a crappy parent. Hardly exonerating to point out a different shitty example.