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Fast Facts from Beyond Fossil Fools:

  • The world population will increase by 3 billion in the next 50 years.
  • U.S. conventional oil reserves would only last 3 years at our present rate of consumption, if we stopped importing oil.
  • At the world’s current rate of use of oil-30 billion barrels per year-conventional oil reserves will last 37 years. By 2044, we are bone dry.
  • U.S. drivers would blow the entire ANWR reserves out of their collective tailpipes in less than one year.
  • More people are killed by air pollution than auto accidents.
  • Acid rain, ocean acidification and mercury pollution cost the world trillions of dollars every year.
  • For every gallon of gasoline we burn, we produce about 17 pounds of CO2.
  • Transitioning to all plug-in hybrids and all-electric vehicles will decrease the cost of driving by 80%.
  • Over the 30-year transition period, we will save more than we spend on the transition.
  • A 1.65-megawatt windmill produces enough electricity for approximately 450 average US homes.
  • The wind energy produced worldwide through 2006 is less than 1 percent of the total energy used in the United States."
  • Solar power research has helped reduce solar power costs by nearly 50% in a decade and such research is essential to making solar power more widely competitive.
  • Solar alone, wind alone or solar and wind together will not totally solve our energy problems.
  • The public pays some environmental price for deploying every known energy source -- even for wind and solar energy.  The best we can do is to choose wisely between the alternatives.  The worst choice is coal.  The next worse choice is oil.
  • People living within 10 miles of the Three Mile Island accident received about the same radiation a person would receive from one chest x-ray. Although the accident was severe, there were no injuries and no deaths.
  • A Chernobyl-like accident cannot happen in the United States because U.S. reactors are designed differently and include a containment building.
  • While tragic, less than 60 people lost their lives in the Chernobyl accident. Fossil fuel pollution causes more than 2 million deaths worldwide per year.
  • Only nuclear energy delivered by modern fast neutron reactors can rescue the world from energy disaster -- simple as that.
  • Nuclear energy from fast neutron reactors resolves every energy issue facing the world today -- depletion of oil, pollution from fossil fuels, and even the prospect of global warming from greenhouse gases.
  • GNEP will contribute to world peace because nations will have no need to fight energy wars as fossil-fuel resources run out.
  • The EPA tests misrepresent the miles per gallon for cars and trucks 90 percent of the time and always in favor of the car manufacturers.
  • Rather than store the waste on-site or in some repository such as Yucca Mountain for 10,000 years or more, fast neutron reactors will re-use nearly all of the waste as fuel -- the ultimate recycling process.
  • More vehicles will be produced in the next 20 years than during the whole of the twentieth century.
  • All-electric cars are the ultimate goal, because the fuel costs for operating all-electric cars would be 6-10 times less than the costs for operating internal combustion engines, assuming a comparable 'fuel' tax.
  • According to Tesla, if one uses off-peak current at 5 cents per kilowatt hour, then the fuel cost would be approximately 1 cent  per mile."
  • Any new nuclear plant will be safer and more efficient than any built in the past.  The United States has over 30 year exceptionally safe operating experience -- the safest of any industry."
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Joe Shuster

Joe Shuster is the author of Beyond Fossil Fools: The Roadmap to Energy Independence by 2040. and is a chemical engineer who has spent his entire business career in engineering and management roles in diverse technically oriented companies.  He co-founded Minnesota Valley Engineering, which, under his guidance, became the world’s leading manufacturer of high-technology, low-temperature (cryogenic) equipment used in industry, medicine, agriculture, and transportation. MVE designed and manufactured hydrogen equipment, enhanced oil recovery systems, and hydrogen and LNG transportation fuel systems.  He was also the founder of Teltech, a National science and engineering consulting firm that produced hundreds of technical dossiers on many technical subjects including gas turbines, photovoltaic manufacturing processes, natural gas purification, fuels cells and many other energy related topics. In addition, he founded or co-founded seven other technology based companies and has served on the Board of Directors of over twenty businesses, organizations, and international firms. He has received numerous professional and civic awards.


His energy alert paper for the U.S. congress accurately predicted the oil embargo in 1973. He has also testified before congress in support of a National Technology Transfer program.