The energy of now vs. the energy of the future
There have been so many occasions that I have gladly taken the opportunity to criticize this foolish idea that nuclear power will save us.
Rep. Brad Daw in my opinion is a corporate sell-out without much consideration of public safety. Or healthy, viable energy considerations.
In all of Brad Daw’s talk of “fear mongering” in regards to nuclear power, I think he fails to consider the possibilities of problem like what happened at 3 mile island in 1979 in which problems are still be analyzed and environmental consequences are still obvious.
Ref: Wiki on 3 mile island
After Brad Daw’s friends at Energy Solutions started lobbying local Chambers of Commerce, including Springville Chamber of Commerce in which our family was intimately involved in, including helping them create a website pro-bono as well as many community services that we participated in. When the Chamber of Commerce of our town started to welcome Energy Solutions to our Chamber meetings, we decided to pull our support. Eventually the website that we built for them died as they failed to maintain it, and failed to renew it, at which time I bought the domain in default and directed it to a cannabis friendly website.
You see the thing about Brad Daw’s policies on energy is that they are dangerous and there is a element of dangerous waste (of which Energy Solutions would surely help with).
The alternative idea that we have continued to propose as sustainable energy, which grows from the earth and does not have the danger factor.
Sustainable hemp oil is exactly what Henry Ford and Rudolph Diesel proposed in the 30s before the prohibition of cannabis.
The idea that cannabis could replace petroleum and other energy like dirty coal is not a queer idea at all, in fact Willie Nelson is making quiet a success out of bio-diesel.
The main complaint about bio-diesel is that it raises the price of food, as bio-diesel and ethanol is currently made from food commodities that our country sustains itself with such as corn and vegetable oil made from peanuts and such.
However our country is full of land that the government pays farmers NOT to farm as to raise the price of imports as per NAFTA and other such treaties.
When we start using hemp for fuel as the innovators of the automobile market utilized almost 100 years ago, we will not be taking from any widely used food sources. Hemp is free from any current demand and will not raise the cost of food if utilized for any use.
The folly of Brad Daw’s energy proposals which include nuclear power should be further magnified as we see the terror and destruction that is befalling Japan now after the tragic earthquake and tsunami that just occurred and has caused major explosions at nuclear power plants and have breached defenses designed to protect the public.
Shame on you Brad Daw! For this and other un-American proposal in regards to liberty, cyber policing, and other despicable proposals to empower the government and large corporations OVER THE PEOPLE!
My family not only sustained their families with farm commodities and home grown meat, but my family also suffered cancer as a result of nuclear testing in Nevada’s east desert/Utah’s west desert. My grandmother died from breast cancer, and my father died from brain cancer (glioblastoma multiforma). The nuclear testing in the 50’s have plagued my family ever since. Please say no to this “alternative energy” Brad, and please reintroduce the crop that even Governor Brigham Young told the Utah people to grow in the 1850s!
Brigham Young, ‘The American Moses’, encouraged the Saints to grow hemp.
“We want the sisters to save rags, and we want the brethren to raise hemp. We want to make our own paper,”
Young said on April 7, 1861, in Salt Lake City as recorded in the Journal of Discourses.
“Then we can print, in book form, the History of Joseph Smith, and do it in a respectable manner. Then we can print the Church History for ourselves and for the work, and every book we need.”
Brigham Young understood the
economics of prosperity.
“There is annually imported into and used in this Territory some $30,000 worth of paper,” he said. “Were we making our own paper, much more would be used, for we could then fill the Territory with school books printed here and could supply all the paper required throughout the territory, thereby saving a great many thousand dollars now paid for transportation.
We are not able to print a book for want of paper. Now, we are prepared to go to work and make our own paper.”
Young continued: “There is no place in the world where flax and hemp will grow better than they will here . . . Hunt out places and soils most suitable for flax and hemp, and there let them be grown.”
Young knew that Utahns had to become self-sufficient. On Oct. 7, 1862, church leader Orson Hyde said, “We are counseled by our brethren to prepare ourselves for self-existence, to look after those things which are calculated to make us free and independent . . . If we labor for it, the finest flax, hemp and wool can be produced in this Territory. It is our duty to strive to raise everything we need for our own consumption. The tea, the coffee, the tobacco and the whiskey, (if we must have such articles), can all be produced and manufactured here.”
Pioneer, Ezra T. Benson, also extolled the virtues of hemp during a speech on March 8, 1862. “We have a rope factory and we have hemp growing in our country. We have made many attempts to raise flax. And we do raise a little but we never use it . . . Now it is better for each of us to raise 10 acres of wheat and devote the rest of our time to flax and hemp.”
Dangerous levels of radiation escaped a quake-stricken nuclear power plant after one reactor’s steel containment structure was apparently breached by an explosion, and a different reactor building in the same complex caught fire after another explosion, Japan’s leaders told a frightened population. Authorities warned that people within 20 miles of the crippled reactors should stay indoors to avoid being sickened by radiation. Ref: LA TIMES
From Brad Daw’s website as of 3/15/11 (lets hope this crap changes)
The United States is currently heavily dependent on foreign oil. Other nations such as China and India are consuming an increasing amount of oil. Fossil fuels pollute our air. There is no reason for this when we have access to a clean and inexpensive supply of energy, right here in the state.
Many countries have robust nuclear power programs, but because of some very effective fear-mongering, nuclear power production in our country is far behind where it could be. Even one of the founders of Green Peace stated in a congressional hearing that nuclear power is the only clean way to generate electricity. Several federal road blocks need to be knocked down, such as reprocessing spent fuel, instead of storing it. But, as a state, we need to take a hard look at utilizing the resources we have.
Other programs could also reduce our dependence on foreign oil. Utah is rich in tar sands and shale oil. As technology advances, these resources become more and more viable. Bio-diesel is already a viable alternative energy source.