Friday, April 30, 2010
One way to save money and energy is to buy an energy efficient TV. Standard TVs consume over 50 kilowatts of energy each year, which averages as 4% of households' energy use. Energy Star qualified televisions can use up to 30% less energy than regular TVs. You can find any type of television in an energy efficient model. There are standard TVs, High- Def TVs, and even flat plasma screen TVs.
Yucca Mountain is a mountain in Nevada about 80 miles northwest of Las Vegas. It is the proposed site for putting all the nuclear waste from nuclear reactors. Nuclear waste can't be treated with as other solid waste is. Nuclear waste has to be stored because the only way of destroying it is waiting until it is deteriorated into nothing. That is where Yucca Mountain comes in. This mountain is actually a extinct volcano that has a series of underground caves. That is where the nuclear waste is to be stored. But as the Obama administration was elected into office the new secretary of the Department of Energy, which is the government agency that was head of the Yucca mountain project, proposed to shut down Yucca Mountain and put the nuclear waste somewhere else. The project was opened in 1982 when congress told D.O.E. that they had to find a site to store nuclear waste. Yucca mountain was planned to be ready to recieve spent uranium rods on January 31, 1998. Over a Decade later they proposed that the opening date would be off to March of 2017. But unless Congress changes the Nuclear Waste Policy Act, that was enaceted by Congress in 1987 that made Yucca Mountain the site to put Nuclear waste, Obama and The Secretary of D.O.E. ,Steven Chu, can not shut down the project. If the Ammendment is changed and Obama and Chu get there way then where would the Nuclear waste go? And if it was shut down millions of dollars would go to waste. And that is tax money that is being spent for this project, our money right out the window.
Scientists are finding new ways to build WMDs. This new weapon is known as the EMP or electromagnetic pulse bomb. As the name suggests it emits a powerful electrommagnetic pulse that shuts down all the electronic devices within its range. With new deploying tactics HEMP or high altitude electromagnetic pulse, there is the potential to knock out all of the electronics in America.
In the town that is quite possibly the only town that is not a town and is in a state that it is not in, Unalaska, Alaska has a list of things that you can do to save energy. This is very vital to the town due to the harsh winters and the tons of snow Alaska is commonly known for. during the Alaskan winters it is dark almost 24/7. This and the daily snow storms make traveling nearly impossible so supplies are very limited in the winter and have to be used with discretion. The tips are so simple that they require about as much effort as typing on your computer. The tips include: checking to make sure your fridge seals tightly, keeping clean air filters in your air conditioner,and there are other tips on there too. This is just a small step but small steps like these can make a big difference in the future, both for your wallet and the environment. Now, here is something for you, if such a small town is putting forth an effort this large compared its size, what is your town or community doing??
Uranium might seem like it is all bad but there are some good sides to it, too. For instance, the only mining required to get it is for the uranium. It also creates unimangible amounts of energy when compared to other forms of energy like coal and oil. The main thing that we have to look for is managing it safely to make sure it does not get into our water supply. Another bonus is that uranium used to make nuclear energy is not the same type that is used to make nuclear weapons. So if a terrorist gets their hands on it they cannot use it for a weapon thus making it safe in that aspect as well .
Monday, April 26, 2010