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Neal Rovick

St Anthony, MN
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Posted on 10/21/14 at 09:47 am in response to America's energy future is starting to look like our energy past

There is huge economic incentive in extending the operating license for a reactor:

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According to Paul Genoa, director of policy development of the Nuclear Energy Institute, a trade group for the nuclear power industry, decommissioning costs typically run at $500 million per unit. But actual costs vary based on the plant's size and design, and some have reached over $1 billion — between 10 percent and 25 percent of the cost of constructing a nuclear reactor today.

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This is a country where a large portion of the media (entertainment and "talk") exists on providing a daily frisson of conspiracy, fear, violence and broadly painted stereotypes of guilty and innocent, and rapid, complete and simple answers.

How could our political advertisements be otherwise?

Let's see if we have the numbers:

College graduates earn about $ 1.4 million more in their life than a high-school drop-out.

Drop-outs cost about $ 0.3 million in government assistance over their life-time.

So a net swing of $ 1.7 million dollars for a graduate vs. drop-out.

Class size of 30 kids--$ 51.0 million dollars, divided by 12 years, $ 4.25 million dollars in the balance for the economy per teacher per year.

How much is it worth to grow the US...

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"NIH has been working on Ebola vaccines since 2001. It's not like we suddenly woke up and thought, 'Oh my gosh, we should have something ready here,'" Collins told The Huffington Post on Friday. "Frankly, if we had not gone through our 10-year slide in research support, we probably would have had a vaccine in time for this that would've gone through clinical trials and would have been ready."

It's not just the production of a vaccine that has been hampered by money...

Posted on 10/10/14 at 06:18 pm in response to Minneapolis should skip streetcars

Driving around the cities, I have noticed plentiful examples of:

--people typically going 10 to 15 mph over the limit
--rolling "stops" at stop signs and lights
--running stop signs and lights
--making illegal turns
--following at an unsafe distance
--streams of cars continuing through a now-red light
--edging pedestrians and bicyclists out of the way
--driving too fast for the conditions
--too rapid acceleration
--not pulling away...

Posted on 10/10/14 at 09:42 am in response to Corn farmers say Syngenta's GMOs have cost them the Chinese market

It's probably a more fundamental problem than GMO, it's market conditions.

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China’s state-owned corn reserves have reached burdensome levels, especially when faced with the prospect of another good corn harvest this fall, a Chinese official told DTN.

“Corn production in China is expected to be 230 million metric tons (9.1 billion bushels) this year, an increase of 4 mmt from last year,” said Qiangmin Shang, the director of China National Grain and Oil Information...

Posted on 10/07/14 at 12:48 pm in response to New evidence suggests Earth's oceans are warming far faster than we knew

If you use Warren Buffet for your climate information, do you use Mike Fairbourne for your investment advice?

As has been said dozens of times, Buffet was talking about their gulf coast hurricane insurance profits. But don't ask any insurer about their losses on uncommonly heavy rains, flooding, frequent storms, Pacific hurricanes, drought losses, fire losses, tornado damage, etc., etc. You might not have such a rosy answer.

And if there has been a "pause" in warming for the...

Posted on 10/07/14 at 01:17 pm in response to New evidence suggests Earth's oceans are warming far faster than we knew

There are numerous precedents in nature for tiny amounts of something affecting a much larger system.

For instance, do you know how many grams of iron your body has in it? 4 grams. But it is essential in that amount and too little and too much have serious effects.

There are 10 mg of nickel in our entire body, it is essential (in a medically mysterious way) but there cannot be much variation in that amount for good health.

Many things in the natural world work in a...