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    Those wave generators are actually planned to be out further from the coast - the difficulty becomes two fold -transmission to shore and protection from enemies and severe weather like hurricanes.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Fitasc Shooter View Post
    Don't forget oil as well. All are used to generate steam, which is pressurized and then can be used to spin the turbine generator. Some other drawback are the quality of the water, which may require a demineralizer to prevent corrosion of the turbine fan blades, by product waste of the steam generation (flyash, nuke waste rod, etc.)

    Always made me smile to see some jackass looking at those tall nuke cooling towers and the steam coming off of them crying about pollution when all it is is water vapor
    We have lots of refineries in my area (lots) of Southeast Texas. Gulf, Texaco, Mobil Oil, Pure Oil, Sun Oil ... they are all bought out now (by Saudi Arabia), but the refineries are still going full blast.

    I worked half my career in the oil patch.

    You're right about the steam. "OMG, look at all the smoke!"

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    Spent a few years in Houston with Brown & Root -sure you know the name; worked on a few projects in the area
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    Put them on a stick turn the slowly, steamed protester, I hear they're pretty good.
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    Simply put we should explore all ways of producing energy and abandoned none unless it's not cost effective. This country is not shrinking and is continually growing and everyone is using more and more energy. Yes we buy more energy efficient items but then we buy more items that use electricity. I don't care what they burn, harness or fuse as long as my lights are on.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Fitasc Shooter View Post
    Sorry, the US has a LOT more than 15 coal fired power plants; more bs fake news with little facts
    Between just Ohio and PA I believe there are over two dozen coal fired power plants. That is discounting all of the coal fired furnaces in the steel mills and industry. No clue where the number 15 came from? Hell, currently here in Ohio we generate about 47 percent of our electricity from coal. Natural gas is about 34 percent and if we want to get into wind and solar only about 3 percent. You use what you have and we have plenty of coal.

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    Our local power plant has cooling towers, but it's not nuclear. I think it's diesel. I used to live near it, mornings there would be black soot on my truck. I guess they performed an operation at night that would pump out that soot.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Yosemite Sam View Post
    Our local power plant has cooling towers, but it's not nuclear. I think it's diesel. I used to live near it, mornings there would be black soot on my truck. I guess they performed an operation at night that would pump out that soot.
    I know absolutely nothing about coal.

    For flares here in Beaumont and Port Arthur, we recycle the "soot," right back into the bottom of the stack.

    I tested and repaired instruments at Texaco that analyzed the particulates to make sure we didn't get fined.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Yosemite Sam View Post
    Our local power plant has cooling towers, but it's not nuclear. I think it's diesel. I used to live near it, mornings there would be black soot on my truck. I guess they performed an operation at night that would pump out that soot.
    My dad called it "blowing the stacks". According to him, they blew the stacks at night, because almost everyone would be home in bed and they stood less of a chance of being reported.
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    The aircraft carrier USS Wasp used to do that. When they did and the seas were calm with little to no wind, the thick black smoke cooled and came straight down.

    It was hard to breathe and irritated our lungs and eyes.

    I'd forgotten about that.

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