What can we do right now?

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On March 11, 2010

What can we do right now to address the nation’s energy crisis? Richard J. Stegemeier, PetE’50, has a few ideas, which he shared with the campus during a guest lecture last fall.

  • Restart nuclear plant construction and increase electrification with nuclear power as quickly as possible
  • Begin reprocessing nuclear waste and develop technology to reuse the waste as energy
  • Step up research and development on breeder reactors and nuclear fusion
  • Allow exploration and drilling for oil in the Alaska National Wildlife Reserve (ANWAR)
  • Work on developing “cleaner” approaches to coal usage, including gasification and carbon-captured sequestration
  • Enter into long-term oil supply contracts with other nations
  • Increase R&D funding for solar, wind, geothermal and biomass energy technology.
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On March 11, 2010. Posted in Features, Spring 2010