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The latest in '70s wisdom from the Atlantic’s James Fallows.
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All Fallows manages to discover in his many trips to China, however, is a single experiment in sequestering coal exhausts. He suggests the Chinese build more of these for our benefit. We’ll provide the research and they can build the actual plants, since environmental opposition and bureaucratic lethargy make it impossible to build anything in this country anymore. “China is where the world’s ‘doing’ now goes on, in this industry and many others,” Fallows concludes. “Power companies from America, Europe, and Japan are fortunate to have a place to learn.” Indeed. We will also be fortunate to have a place to buy as well.
In painting himself into this coal corner, Fallows perfectly embodies a generation of Americans that came of age in the 1970s and for whom the defeat of nuclear was a seminal event of their lives. Since then they have relegated nuclear to a far corner of the mind, embalmed in 1970s dogma. Except for Germany, though, the rest of the world has overcome this fixation and is moving ahead with nuclear. Vietnam, Indonesia, Pakistan, Egypt, Jordan, Saudi Arabia, the United Arab Emirates, Morocco, South Africa, Brazil, Venezuela and Bolivia all have programs to build reactors.
In a horrible sense, then, Fallows may be right. As the dream of wind and solar energy turns out to be a fatuous illusion, the U.S. may end up stuck with coal and natural gas for another generation. At that point, the Chinese, Koreans, Japanese, Russians, and French will rescue us by designing and building for us nuclear reactors. It will be a humiliating outcome for the country that invented the technology. It won’t be cheap, either.
A man of faith in a godless age is hitting Americans where it hurts.
Mr. and Mrs. American Spectator Reader, let P.J. O’Rourke talk sense to your kids.
In Britain, defending your property can get you life.
It won’t take long for conservatives to scratch this presidential wannabe off their 2008 scorecard.
Was the President done in by the economy, or by the politics of the economy?