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Although I have long retired from the Air Force as a pilot and Lt Colonel I will always be an Air Force Pilot first. No matter where I go or what I do. I lived my childhood dream flying fighters, bomber, transports and helicopters. I flew all over the world with other pilots who seem to have come from the same mold I came from. We all had very … more

reviewed The Black Dahlia. April 30, 2009
The Black Dahlia (Widescreen Edition) (2006)
I believe there are two movie versions of this story. I am a lover of mysteries. I would say this was a "B" level movie. I would not walk out on it and it kept my interest up to a point. Would not pay …
reviewed Three Mile Island: A Nuclear Crisis i.... April 28, 2009
Three Mile Island A Nuclear Crisis in Historical
I have not read this book but wish to comment on this subject. Since Three Mile Island incident there has not been one nuclear plant built in the USA. Three Mile Island continues to this day to produce …
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April 30, 2009
I very well could live with all the nuclear alternatives as I understand disposing or storing of the spent nuclear fuel is a major problem. I am concerned about the time factor. It has been decades since Three mile and it stopped nuclear dead in its tracks. I do not pretend to be an energy expert but I cannot envision either nuclear or the mentioned alternatives replacing oil and coal for the next three decades if that. We have let time slip away. The fuel we have the most of is coal and it supplies the majority of our energy today. It seems that wind could be good for the west but to get it to the east coast may not be feasible with existing technology. I am not married to any source and would be happy to see renewable energy replace coal, nuclear, and oil but that is a very long time away. In the meantime we are in an economic disaster and should get this behind us before we waist money and resources on energy that is 20-30 years down the road. We will be 3.5 Trillion dollars in debt at the end of the year. I cannot even fathom a trillion dollars. We are printing paper money that will eventually have to turned into real money. The value of our money is the value of our GNP. Once our National Debt exceeds our GNP we will have gone over the edge. This is a very real possibility. I am old enough to remember the economy during the Carter administration. A 30 U.S.Treasury Bond would yield 16% and I was afraid to buy one as inflation was increasing daily. One had the thought they had better spend their money today because tomorrow it would buy a lot less. With our enormous spending we are also in danger of hyper-inflation. That is more scary than a depression to me. What does all this have to do with energy? A lot as energy is used to manufacture and transport everything. Secretary Geithner is really running the economy. President Obama is not a banker and not a economist so he has to put his faith in Geithner. This one man could bring us out of the recession or sink us so low we will not see its end in our life times. You are a young woman and I am not convinced I would want your future in Secretary Geithner's hands. Anyway we look at this there is a tough a long road to travel. I think we have apparently taken "the road less traveled". john
April 30, 2009
Just thought I would continue the conversation here John. As for nuclear power, you have great and valid points (although I have my own arguments against it, my husband is from Belarus and lived through Chernobyl). I think if needed nuclear and renewable (solar, wind, geothermal) energy can work alongside, I don't think there is a solid argument to abandon neither. What do you think about that?
April 30, 2009
After our recent discussions there was some good news in the Wall Street Journal today. An enormous gas well was discovered in Louisiana. That plus the recent discoveries in Arkansas are estimated to have enough natural gas to supply the U.S. with gas for the next 100 years at our current usage rate. The area where the find was made is near Shreveport which is becoming a boom town. New technology is allowing these new finds. Not many years ago it was thought we would soon have no more natural gas and would have to start importing it. As a result of this the 256 new power plants due to be built will mostly be buildt to run on natural gar rather than coal. Natural gas is a good product to use during the change to renewable sources of power. Cars can do well on natural gas but the cost to convert the tens of thousands of gas stations to natural gas is mind boggeling and to get the public to switch is another matter. I think the estimate for this new find is 2,500 trillion cubic feet of gas. I have trouble with a trillion so 2,500 trillion sounds like something Carl Sagan should be saying. Question: Do you like cats?
May 01, 2009
Looks like you've got a lot to say on the subject, you should put all of that in a review. I think you should check out @drifter51's review of The End of Oil: On the Edge of a Perilous New World. I do like cats, I had about 7 or 8 of them in my lifetime.
April 28, 2009
Hey John! Welcome to Lunch- glad to see you're already commenting and making yourself at home! Can't wait to read your reviews on here.
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