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Thank you for addressing the most important issue of our day. If it were not for our dependance on oil we would not be digging our country into a deficit hole we may never get out of. Fighting two wars, sending billions in our currency to foreign countries to pay for our addiction. As your articles point out that there is no one solution to end our addiction to oil, but you did do your homework well. Investing in thorium, or fast neutron reactors is the clear choice to keep our energy dollars at home while providing, non-polluting clean safe energy. The inherent safety of these reactors verses the cool water reactors needs to be made more public so the public at large will reject any new coal or gas fired electric plants. With the plans for reactors already on the drawing board GE why are we not building them. Sure the first Pilot plant will cost 4 billion, but that is the same amount of tax GE should have paid on there 13 billion profit from last year, they actually paid 0 in US Tax. if I were in office I would make them a deal, build a pilot plant, we call the tax deal even and they, and Westing House build the few hundred reactors the U.S. needs to end our automotive consumption of oil. These will be needed to switch to using all electric, or plugin electric vehicles. By doing so, we can lower emissions, use a sustainable amount of bio-fuels and never have to send our money or sons and daughters to fight over the last drops of black gold.
I know the may be just ramblings but if you feel the way I do about the future of this great nation, Please send a free copy of this issue to each member of our Congress, and Senate. They may not read it, but then again they might. The more often we the people demand an energy policy the more they may have to answer, either with there office or with a policy. We voted them in We can vote them out.
PS if you want I will deliver them personally.