The USS Enterprise (CVN 65) returns from her last deployment today. In December, she will be decommissioned and if the past is an indicator, scrapped! That's right, SCRAPPED just like the USS Long Beach, USS Arkansas, USS California, and a few more Nuclear powered cruisers and many nuclear powered submarines!
Yes, the USS Enterprise has served 50 years! But the little known face is, the Navy spent millions of dollars refueling the ship just s few years ago. That's right, all eight nuclear reactors has enough fuel to power the USS Enterprise for the next twenty years with fuel left over! But, the politicians, in uniform and in $5000 Brooks Brother's suits, want to decommission her! They believe we have to many Aircraft Carriers!
This morning, my wife came up with a great idea. Why not tie the USS Enterprise up in some coastal city and use the remaining fuel in the Nuclear Power Plant to put electricity into the grid!! Whenever the Navy talks about a ship's power plant to civilians, they talk about it in terms of powering a small or medium city. OK Navy, put your ship where you mouth is! Now many of my readers are much smarter than I am and could probably come up with a plan to do this. And I challenge you to do just that.
Now, I am not talking amount a permanent floating power barge. But a temporary one to be used until we build more nuclear power plants or other types of electrical generating plants. We could use the power generated by the USS Enterprise as a "spring board" to the future!! A stop gap power source to help us become "Energy Independent"!
The power available on the USS Enterprise is already bought and paid for!! Yes, there will be maintenance costs, but they pale in the face of the amount of energy that will be wasted if we scrap this national treasure.
So, I offer this idea to anyone that WILL act upon it. Call your Congressman, Senator, write the President, and tell them about this idea! One of your super smart folks figure out ow many barrels of foreign oil this idea would save and tell the Politicians that fact!!
It is time for new ideas. Ideas that have not been tried a hundred times with the same disappointing results. The idea my Wife has is a great idea that has the distinct ability to help America. Some one PLEASE start the ball rolling!!