Sentence of the Day

… 10 percent of the electricity Americans use comes from Russian missiles and bombs.

From Stewart Brand's excellent and highly quotable Whole Earth Discipline: An Ecopragmatist Manifesto.

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If you trace back to the source, it says that, on average, one in ten households receives its electricity from the program. That is not the same as 10% of electricity use. Although I was surprised that almost 20% of electricity used in the US comes from nuclear power...I wouldn't have guessed it was that high.

Norman Pfyster:

According to Alex's link, 20% of electricity use is nuclear, and 50% of nuclear generation is fueled by the "Megatons to Megawatts Program." That implies that 10% of electricity use is fueled by old bombs, does it not?

Also, in response to your statement "I wouldn't have guessed it was that high," maybe that sense is common because only about 10% of US generating capacity is nuclear. It's just that nuclear plants are run day and night, unlike gas plants or various renewable sources, so it generates disproportionately more energy than it's nameplate capacity would seem to indicate. That, and the fact that nuclear plants aren't placed uniformly throughout the country. Some regions have little or no nuclear plants, whereas others have quite a few.

"Sentence of the day." A bold prediction for 8:55 in the A.m. It appears it will hold up so Kudos to Alex, unless one of those very bad sentences gets kind of Osama Bin Laden "Person of the Year" thing going.

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