Mr Epstein was at Zuccotti Park, interviewing a member of OWS.
The sign at her feet read “For a nuclear free, carbon free future.” The one in her hands an equally predictable “Excessive wealth and consumption are dying paradigms. Renew American with a Green Revolution.”So, Mr Epstein asked the woman what percentage of global energy comes from nuclear and carbon sources.
He told her 95%.
Frankly, we need to reduce that number, a lot, and not having Senator Edward Kennedy opposing Cape Cod wind projects will help. On the other hand, those two sources will be dominant for a long time. The Administration can stop extraction in Ohio and force Canada to work on exporting oil to China, rather than the US, but when the "Brown Outs" come, the People will demand action on the part of their Government.
Frankly, the billions we have thrown at the Department of Energy, nuclear weapons and nuclear power aside, seems to have been money down the drain. But, maybe they are only weeks away from announcing some "cold fusion" breakthrough. We can hope. In the mean time we should not destroy the economy for some marginal increase in the Environment Less Humans, while causing a major decrease in the quality of life of humans.
The woman being interviewed per the above link was just unable or unwilling to think through the problem. It is sad. But, maybe she doesn't vote. She is young.
Regards — Cliff