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Old 03-06-2008, 10:18 PM   #141
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I showed my wife the International CXT. The results were predictable...

"I want one!"

Keep in mind, she's always wanted to go get a CDL. I don't think I could grow enough biodiesel for one of those, though.
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Dang, I wish I'd known all this...I could've thrown in extra high bumpers on my dream truck.
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Old 03-07-2008, 05:27 AM   #143
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FinanceDude, it's easy to get angry with someone who disagrees with you and say things that, in retrospect, might not have been a great idea. It's much harder to admit you shouldn't have said it and apologize. You're a good man.

Financedude is good people. We have our differences in print but I believe we are closer in ideas than he/she thinks.
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Old 03-07-2008, 07:38 AM   #144
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Financedude is good people. We have our differences in print but I believe we are closer in ideas than he/she thinks.

You are probably not far off... and I do bet both of you 'care' for the good ole USA... but just have different ideas on the best course of action...

And I think you are more passionate on some of you 'stranger' ideas...

BTW... there still are a group that think energy independence can happen a lot easier if we built a LOT of nuclear plants to take care of electricity... and also recycled the uranium so we did not throw away 'good' fuel...

How much oil & gas would we free up if we had 70% nuclear?
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BTW... there still are a group that think energy independence can happen a lot easier if we built a LOT of nuclear plants to take care of electricity... and also recycled the uranium so we did not throw away 'good' fuel...

How much oil & gas would we free up if we had 70% nuclear?
Ask France..........
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... there still are a group that think energy independence can happen a lot easier if we built a LOT of nuclear plants to take care of electricity... and also recycled the uranium so we did not throw away 'good' fuel...

How much oil & gas would we free up if we had 70% nuclear?
I think a the "problems" of nuclear energy are more political than scientific. Yes, nuclear reactors do make radioactive waste products, but dealing with that waste is a political hot potato, not a scientific one. Much of the waste is only mildly radioactive, a lot of it can be re-processed and recycled into new reactor fuel, and the last of it can be stored in ceramic cartridges and stored in an old salt mine, never to see the light of day or leak into our water supply until our sun becomes a red dwarf and engulfs the planet anyway.

The one thing I would like to see is a move to reactors that use "safe" technologies that, should the reactor loose coolant and overheat, the excessive heat causes the fuel elements inside to expand, increasing the distance between the fuel elements and slowing the reaction. Such reactors are called "inherently safe" reactors because, unlike reactors that require human intervention in the form of the insertion of control rods to slow the reaction to safe levels, inherently safe reactors are built in such a way that fundamental laws of nature, which require no human action at all, prevent a Three Mile Island or Chernobyl style incident from ever happening.

To my mind the implementation of safe nuclear reactor technologies, an Apollo-type-program to research and deploy renewable energy (wind, solar, tidal, biofuel) resources, a move to alternative fuel vehicles and conservation are the way to go to keep America strong, free, and a great and independent nation.

What obviously doesn't work is to continue to sell our country to the middle east in exchange for crude oil or continue to pump greenhouse gasses into an increasingly warmer sky.
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The one thing I would like to see is a move to reactors that use "safe" technologies that, should the reactor loose coolant and overheat, the excessive heat causes the fuel elements inside to expand, increasing the distance between the fuel elements and slowing the reaction. Such reactors are called "inherently safe" reactors because, unlike reactors that require human intervention in the form of the insertion of control rods to slow the reaction to safe levels, inherently safe reactors are built in such a way that fundamental laws of nature, which require no human action at all, prevent a Three Mile Island or Chernobyl style incident from ever happening.
You mean like a pebble bed reactor?

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Depends on if GM ever gives us the Volt

... or if I can get International to build an electric CXT powered by a pebble bed reactor in the back.
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[quote=Marquette;625399]You mean like a pebble bed reactor?[quote]

Yes. I'm not a nuclear engineer, but the discussions I've seen make the pebble bed reactor sound very interesting.
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I showed my wife the International CXT. The results were predictable...

"I want one!"
The reaction here was different - she just rolled her eyes at my statement "I want one!" All the eco-conservatives can relax though, I can't afford a set of tires for something like that. If I was willing to live in a trailer I guess I could but I don't want it that bad.

I just like big machinery and it's fun to dream.
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To my mind the implementation of safe nuclear reactor technologies, an Apollo-type-program to research and deploy renewable energy (wind, solar, tidal, biofuel) resources, a move to alternative fuel vehicles and conservation are the way to go to keep America strong, free, and a great and independent nation.
Yeah...it sure would be nice to have an energy policy. This is what I thought would happen naturally in response to the oil-embargo days....here we are 35 yrs later and probably worse off than ever.
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I'm thinking about getting a new vehicle, and was really leaning toward a SUV. Now I think I should get a two seater. I don't want fire and brimstone raining down on my head.
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Pilots are still cheap. Get two!
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I dunno about being part of the mile high club.
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