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Now, I don’t claim that everything I know I learned from Mad Magazine, but nonetheless, it did impart a certain amount of wisdom. One of my favorite repeating segments was “Dave Berg’s Snappy Answers to Stupid Questions.” My favorite, a devil asked a man in a lake of fire, “Hot enough for you?” And he replies, “No, but don’t change it just for me, everyone else may like it this way.”
Given the prevalence of cliches in the energy debate, it seemed useful to post some possible responses to various stupid comments and questions.
Isn’t it true that nuclear power plant waste remains dangerous for thousands of years?
It’s also true that arsenic, mercury and lead remain dangerous forever.
I listen to the science.
Science is a process, not an animate object that speaks.
Isn’t nuclear power very expensive.
Yes, so shouldn’t we build more to bring costs down?
China is investing a lot in renewable power.
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They are also investing a lot in coal and nuclear, should we do that as well?
Isn’t CO2 a beneficial material?
Yes, so is water, but you don’t want to inhale pure CO2.
How do you explain the high price of oil?
People in the market think it should be high.
Shouldn’t we develop climate change poli …