Thursday, July 10, 2008 By Aaron Brown
What? You don't look at links like that? You're busy. You need to check your Hotmail account to see if that guy/girl who likes you as a friend left any subtle clues that he/she is in love with you? Damn you people.
Your power bill is going to go up. It doesn't matter where you live or what kind of fuel turns the turbines that makes your electricity. The alarming data in this report is that coal fired power plants, whether "traditional" or, especially, "clean" (a' la a certain proposed power plant in Itasca County), are almost as expensive to start as NUCLEAR, which is very, very expensive to build. Natural gas plants are cheaper, but natural gas itself is rising in cost faster. Brother, there just ain't no break for people with outlets.
The point is, if things are getting so expensive, why don't we just invest in the expensive renewables that keep the North Pole from melting and us out of protracted occupations in the Middle East? Just a question. Do with it what you will.
UPDATE: An early morning conversation with a nuclear pal leads me to this clarification: I'm not speaking against nuclear power, just saying that it's the quintessential example of expensive technology.