Effects of global warming and pollution need to be addressed, but we need to address them in a way that is economically beneficial. This is where Mark Schneider’s #GreenNuclearDeal comes in.
Gen IV nuclear energy is our future. The newest nuclear reactors are completely safe from meltdown, they can use nuclear waste as nuclear fuel, they can ramp up and down with power needs and can offer 24/7/365 energy, and best yet, they are economically friendly.
Mark Schneider (he’s a nuclear power plant operator) has said that their internal research shows that nuclear power plants are the most profitable. Not just out of wind and solar, but that includes coal, oil and gas as well. It takes about about 20-25 years for a nuclear power plant to break even, but they can now operate for around 100 years. The amount of energy that can be provided can also lower the costs for the consumer.
But that’s not all! There is a somewhat new concept for nuclear reactors called a small modular reactor (SMR). These reactors can be fit in the back of a semi and hauled around where needed. Just imagine how much grid stability we could add where we could switch over to mainly nuclear energy and put up SMRs all over the country. These could run 24/7/365 at a cost-efficient rate. If anything does happen due to natural disaster, EMP attack or whatever, we could simply move SMRs around Preventing pain we would have with other forms of energy.
Many ask about SMRs raising costs because typically the bigger the cheaper due to economy of scale. Well, SMRs can actually reduce costs. Right now, every nuclear reactor is completely unique based on the placement, type, and many other factors. SMRs could basically standardize everything and we could effectively create an assembly line for nuclear reactors. Pump them out of a factory and then haul them where they need to be by semi. This would lead to an immense drop in cost. That would also cut financing costs, which right now make up 30% of the cost of a nuclear reactor.
I know many of you are skeptical of global warming, but you really don’t have to believe in global warming to believe that the #GreenNuclearDeal is good for our country. It’s good for our economy, it’s good for the consumer, it’s good for energy production, it’s good for grid stability, we can lessen smog by having less air pollution, etc. The #GreenNuclearDeal is the perfect deal to bring Climate Change advocates and those prioritizing the economy together.