BY PANOS PREVEDOUROS PHD – The Economist: Researchers find advantages in floating nuclear power stations. You may recall that I proposed this as mayor candidate in 2010: Nuclear Power in Oahu’s Future? I know that my proposal went nowhere, but it feels great to be four years ahead of MIT. Furthermore, my idea is more economical than theirs. There is no need to construct floating platforms. The Navy has many large decommissioned ships that float just fine and can be refurbished at a lower cost.
- One billion dollars on LNG conversion and a modest floating nuclear power plant to reduce Oahu’s dependence on oil from over 75% to 25% or less, instead of blowing tens of millions in the wind.
- Two billion dollars on HOT lanes and other mitigations to truly reduce traffic congestion.
- One billion dollars to redevelop ex-Navy lands and buildings at Kalaeloa to preserve the rich history of the site and relieve Oahu’s pressing homeless and low income housing problems.
- And one billion on desalination to anticipate water shortage problems.