The Nuclear industry smells money (from all that off-peak generation this will involve).
From World Nuclear News:
"Electric cars will be mass-marketed globally from 2012,
according to Nissan's mid-term business plan. The car firm's
projections suggest a future of dramatically increased off-peak
electricity demand and use of nuclear power.
The Japanese car giant said in its mid-term business plan that it
has committed to introduce a pure electric vehicle in the USA and Japan
in 2010, and then to mass-market electric vehicles to consumers
globally in 2012. [Chevy Volt, the spanky-looking all electric is due in 2010 also, range=640 miles.]
[This Red one is the GM-Saturn Flextreme]
Nissan has also partnered with France's Renault to market all-electric
vehicles in Israel and Denmark from 2011 and arranged with Japan's
Kanagawa Prefecture for a 3000-vehicle sustainability project starting
In Denmark, a nationwide grid of recharge points is to be
constructed, while in Kanagawa the objective is to develop by 2014 a
sustainable transport model for 3000 vehicles that can be scaled up
nationally and globally.
The mass market units are to have advanced lithium ion batteries in
the floorpan with an effective life of five years. With a 100 volt
supply, the cars will recharge in six hours to cover a range of 160 km,
while a higher voltage rapid charge could take 30 minutes. The initial
concept car has two 50 kW motors, front and rear, but later
developments have a motor in each wheel. "
Laos is not a perfect worker's paradise because capitalism is making inroads and the economy is growing because of it. But it's the best I can do, pure Communist countries are in short supply these days.
There is so much smoke around the Iranian Mullahs' bomb that it makes Tehran's smog feel like a fresh ocean breeze by comparison. Here is a partial list of misconceptions about the Mullahs, their capabilities and intentions about the bomb affair.
* Will never dare to use the bomb, even if they had it. To do so would be suicidal. * Are years away from anything resembling a credible bomb, in any quantity. * They lack the technological skills needed to make a workable bomb. * Don't have the means of hitting Israel with the bomb, their professed favorite target. * Want the bomb for defensive purposes only. * Would never hand the bomb over to proxy terrorists. * Are using this whole bomb thing as a ploy to rally the populace and survive. * Are visionary patriots planning for a future when the oil dries up. * Are environmentalists aiming to curb global warming caused by the use of fossil fuel. * Are striving to join the nuclear club for its prestige.
And on, and on, and on, goes the litany. I believe, based on facts rather than wishful thinking, that every one of the above assertions, as well as all other similar dismissive arguments, are both false and fraught with danger because all the above arguments are confounded by various amounts of denial.
Psychological denial is a common quirk of the human mind. People use denial to distort, even refute reality, when accepting it is too threatening to them. Alcoholics are habitual users of denial, a major tranquilizer of the mind. The alcoholic will adamantly deny having any problem with alcohol and continue to drink, even in the face of irrefutable contrary evidence. Denial is resorted to by both individuals and groups, and can be just as deadly for both.
Perhaps the most compelling dismissive argument is that the Mullahs would never dare to use the bomb, since it would be suicidal to do so. This argument is just as flawed as the rest. The "mutual deterrence" argument may work in state-to-state confrontations. It apparently has worked in the past and the hope is that it will work in the future. However, the mutual deterrence argument fails when a non-state entity is the adversary. The Mullahs don't have to lob a bomb at Israel or at anyone else to inflict huge damage. They can pursue their cause of death and destruction by simply providing their killers with dirty bombs in a suitcase. Given the Mullahs' fanaticism and Machiavellian nature, they would come up with a myriad of clever schemes to achieve their objectives.
Consider dirty bombs. They are easy to make, are portable, can kill as well as make a city uninhabitable, without leaving a "finger print." The Mullahs can go to work then turn "innocently" to the international community for help to find a group of rogue radicals, so they claim, who had penetrated their facilities and made off with a loot of radioactive stuff.
It is not as if events like this have never happened in the past. Deadly stolen radioactive materials have found their way to the black market on a number of occasions. The world would respond in panic, yet with its usual arthritic sluggishness search for the miscreants. Given how clumsy and disorganized the world's intelligence community is, the prospect of acting expeditiously, much less apprehending the "thieves" is not very encouraging. This is particularly the case when the Mullahs themselves would have a short leash on the "thieves," to hide them and deploy them only with the greatest of care.
Read it all.
And, speaking of denial, what famous, powerful Democratic Party politician has decided to give credit where she thinks credit is due for the success of surge?
Having blurted out, probably accidentally, that the surge was in fact successful, Granny Rictus McBotoxImplants now scrambles to credit the enemy nation murdering our troops with the victory our troops accomplished through blood, sweat, tears, and more blood.
It's not our troops. It's not Petraeus' leadership. It's not the Iraqis turning on the Al Qaeda murderers. No -- it's Iran's goodwill.
Well, the purpose of the surge was to provide a secure space, a time for the political change to occur to accomplish the reconciliation. That didn’t happen. Whatever the military success, and progress that may have been made, the surge didn’t accomplish its goal.
And some of the success of the surge is that the goodwill of the Iranians-they decided in Basra when the fighting would end, they negotiated that cessation of hostilities-the Iranians.
Pardon my blasphemy but Jesus Christ All Mighty.
Will she also thank Al Qaeda for scaling back its beheadings and bombings?