Tag Archive: Security

Nuclear Energy – Not Viable Because of More Expensive Disposal

In Switzerland a new report estimating total disposal cost of nuclear facilities reveals significant lack of available funds. Scrapping Switzerland’s five nuclear reactors and storing their rubbish will cost about 20 billion US$. While this figure already outstrips the capacity of the planed disposal fund, real costs could be even higher than that. The Swiss energy foundation, an independent energy research body, criticise that the report was basically paid for by the Swiss nuclear industry, which has no interest whatsoever in being transparent about effective costs. Therefore, even the revised number is nowhere close to reality. As a matter …

USA – Refuse Even to Fund Crumbling Highways

US highways are in a bad shape, one out of nine bridges are “structurally deficient”. Some 40 years after being built, upkeep is getting more expensive while available funding is decreasing. Due to falling mileage and better fuel efficiency of US cars, the 18.4 cents fuel tax per gallon is yielding less and less money. Between 2007 and 2010 the highway trust fund received one-seventh less money. At the same time, nobody seem to be prepared to pay more fuel tax and politicians don’t even dare thinking of it.
On the first sight it may be a surprise that car …

US Military – Fighting Oil Consumption

Clear words from a surprising actor: Completely unsuspicious of being a leftwing, tree-hugging dreamer, the US military conceives the US reliance on fossil fuels as a threat to national security. Emerging crisis of any sort are very likely to drive up prices and the resulting financial and social problems should be a top concern of any responsible security politician. The dependence on foreign oil needs thus urgently be reduced. Until here most political observers will probably agree but then it comes: According to the study, switching to more domestic or Canadian oil production will not alleviate the problem since …