After Israel had taken the first order of the F-35 fighter jet from the United States recently, they renamed it the F-35I. The ‘I’ could stand for Israel or the ‘I’ could stand for improved. In this case it could also stand for the most innovative technology Israel has ever used to modify an American fighter jet. For 60 years, Israel has taken our technology and made it better. Why? Because terrorism has been knocking on their front door for that long and their door is still shut.
That can not be said about Europe and the Americas. We have allowed the front door to swing wide open and are paying the price for it. If you leave your front door open and unlocked, you are inviting the criminal elements in and they will steal you blind before you can respond. All the F-35’s in the world are not going to stop them. Israel is the only democracy in the Middle East and it is also the safest in the most dangerous place on earth. You must ‘shut the front door’ first and then defend your borders, with walls if you have to.
Britain has now learned that lesson and that is why the people took up arms with their vote and left the European Union. Brexit is about taking a step away from “globalism” and toward “individualism”. It was the only way they could shut their front door to control their own destiny. Brexit will allow Britain to move forward with nuclear energy their way and not restricted by the anti-nuke EU and their controlling standards. Britain will be able to negotiate trade deals directly with Russia, China, Japan, South Korea and the US for competitive nuclear technology which are not sanctioned by the EU.
Great Britain is the 5th largest economy in the world. I am willing to go out on a limb and predict that their economy could move to the 3rd largest in the world just behind the US and China. Japan and Germany, currently 3rd and 4th are both going in the wrong direction with their energy policies and that will have a drastic effect on their ability to compete. Britain is committed to advance Thorium Molten Salt Reactors (TMSR) for nuclear power and this will make the difference. The Americas have not made that commitment yet.
Germany will be the first to fall in the rankings because they are the primary economy in the EU and have to carry the load for all the smaller nations, like Greece. Without their nuclear energy, which the Green socialists are forcing them to shutter, their energy source will be expensive renewable, expensive biofuel (wood pellets) and cheap coal.
Germany has abandoned plans to set out a timetable to exit coal-fired power production and scrapped C02 emissions reduction goals for individual sectors, according to the latest draft of an environment ministry document seen by Reuters.
Japan could be the next to be bypassed unless they change course and restart all their nuclear power plants again. The energy is there and they just have to get over their psychological fear of nuclear. Fukushima was a financial disaster, not a nuclear disaster.
The United States has the largest economy in the world, but for how long? China is knocking at our front door and by 2025, they may be coming though that door to take over 1st place. China is investing in energy to feed their growth with nuclear power. In 2015, they had 33 critical reactors connected to their grid with 22 more under construction. Nuclear was China’s fastest-growing electricity source in 2015 (29% growth), not coal, not natural gas and not renewable (wind or solar).
Hillary Clinton once said recently: “[We have] the most consequential, urgent, sweeping collection of challenges [to] face as a nation and a world.” She wasn’t talking about ISIS or the growing terrorist threat, but about climate change. She also stated that she was going to put the coal industry out of business and has taken a transitional position with natural gas and fracking. She is not against nuclear power but she is also not a strong advocate for it either. She would likely keep nuclear at around 20% of net electricity generation by continuing the Clean Power Plan (CPP).
Donald Trump, on the other hand is all about ‘high energy’ except when he uses a teleprompter. Well, in his North Dakota Energy speech he included nuclear as a renewable energy. Does that mean nuclear will get the same subsidies as renewable? He also wants to discontinue the CPP which could have a serious effect on existing nuclear power. He is not against nuclear power but he is also not a strong advocate for it either. With Trump, this can be remedied when you show him the numbers as projected economic growth in jobs and wealth.
Gary Johnson is ‘high’ on nuclear energy. When asked if he supports nuclear energy his answer was “yes”. That was it. No qualifier other than “do it in the free market”. The one thing Johnson doesn’t support is “we must use nuclear energy to save the planet”. This, I absolutely agree with him on. Nuclear energy should be developed because it is the most efficient commercial energy source on earth at this time. The next generation of nuclear reactors will be even better. No other energy source will ever match up against nuclear efficiency and sustainability (millennia’s favorite word).
Nuclear Energy is what feeds a healthy and secure economy and environment.