Finally, Bush is saying something that I’m buying:
Confronting growing concerns over high energy prices, President Bush on Wednesday will unveil controversial plans to spur construction of new nuclear power plants, provide incentives to buy diesel vehicles and most novel of all: use some old military bases for oil refineries.
Around 20% of the electricity generated in the US comes from nuclear power. I think that number should be around 50%, or maybe even more. I’m not opposed to alternatives like wind and solar, but they don’t seem capable of getting us energy on the scale we need for a reasonable price.
The idea of using closed military bases for this sort of thing might help alleviate some of the economic trauma that accompanies a base closure.
One thing about Bush’s plan that I don’t particularly care for is his idea that the federal government should decide where terminals for liquefied natural gas should be located. Not really sure what the reasoning is, and unless there’s an overwhelming logic to it, I think less government control over something is better than more.
In related news: Wind Power Debuts at Gitmo:
Standing 275-foot tall, with blades spanning 177 feet, the Navy’s four new 3-blade wind turbines are among the most noticeable features at Naval Station Guantanamo Bay, Cuba. Each of the four turbines will generate 950 kilowatts (kw) of electricity. Together, the four turbines will generate 3,800 kw, and in years of typical weather the wind turbines will produce almost 8 million kilowatt-hours of electricity. They will reduce the consumption of 650,000 gallons of diesel fuel, reduce air pollution by 26 tons of sulfur dioxide and 15 tons of nitrous oxide, and reduce greenhouse gas emissions by 13 million pounds each year.
The new wind turbines will provide as much as 25% of the base’s power generation during the high-wind months of late summer, and are expected to save taxpayers $1.2 million in annual energy costs.