Someone in the civil service made a smart energy decision as the Department of Energy announced a small funding opportunity for small modular reactors. At $450 million, it is peanuts in comparison to spending on anything big in the government realm, and this is not even on par with what Solyndra received from the government. This is a small but positive step in a pro-nuclear energy direction. The idea of small, safe reactors spread around the nation makes sense to cut down on transmission costs and losses. There is an odd irony behind the same bastards who protested against nuclear power being the chief proponents of reducing cabron emissions. Nuclear power being the most carbon friendly base power generator, therefore had the plan to slowly replace oil fired power plants and then gas and coal fired power plants gone into place, the United States would emit far less evil CO2, use the nat gas for other economic activities and export more coal to the rest of the world, helping our balance of trade.
Nuclear power is a wonderful example of the ability of the credentialed progressives of the cathedral to hamstring positive technological developments with the power of the pen. M. King Hubbert who was the originator of the Hubbert peak oil production theory was not worried about peak oil because he was a believer in the amazing potential and energy density of nuclear fuels to power our world. We unlocked the power of the atom only to see it bottled up by red tape, protestors, teachers and media scare pieces.