The following is a transcript from the Pro America Report.
Welcome. Welcome, welcome! Ed Martin here on the Pro America Report. Lots to cover today. I hope you are having a great weekend and that all is well in your world. We have just so many things going on over the weekend.
We had the Democrats force through another massive spending bill, includes tax increases, as you saw. If you get my daily email, what you need to know, the Daily WYNK, if you get that, you would have seen on Monday morning when I sent it out. Grover Norquist. Grover Norquist, he’s relatively famous for a number of things. He’s been a longtime Second Amendment proponent. He’s been a well known organizer of center right politics. He actually has been masterful at creating a center right coalition. All those things are important and interesting, but he’s really, actually famous for his anti-tax pledge, his Taxpayer Protection Pledge, which in the late ’80s, before Reagan left office, it was something that he had spoken to Reagan about Ronald, President Reagan. And he did that.
And it basically says, if you run for office, you sign this tax pledge. You say, I’ll never raise taxes. I pledge to the voters protect the taxpayers. The Taxpayer Protection pledge. And it’s a very effective tool.
But Grover Norquist said about the passage of the tax increase over the weekend, he said, don’t blame Sinema or Manchin. Blame every single Democrat, because they had 50. Any one of them could have stepped away from a tax increase and it would have stopped and they didn’t. So we could talk about that. It’s more spending, more printing of money and a tax increase at the same time. And we’re supposed to sort of smile and say, oh, well, for the 47th day in a row, I think that’s what the Biden administration was quoting. Gasoline went down. Yeah, by like a half a cent. It’s still up about 60% in the last two years. So anyway, it is a mess. Inflation is going to be worse. The so called Inflation Protection Act, or whatever the title they had, it should have been called the Inflation Protection Racket that they passed again with the tax increase and all that they now admitted, it will not change inflation. It will not help. That’s what they have admitted. I think Bernie Sanders was the one on the floor of the Senate who said, so it’s more spending for Obamacare. It’s hiring a bunch of IRS agents. This is a Democrat priority to continue to grow, not just the spending, but the power and the scope of the federal government. That was a bad weekend. It was a bad weekend.
But I want to shift gears a little bit because I was having a long conversation with my father in law who lives out in California, and they are in the midst of a dry period. He lives in Simi Valley. It’s very dry. They’re not allowed to water their lawns. So their lawns are all brown. In Europe, they have a drought now. There’s a drought that’s hitting all across Europe and different countries are reacting differently. But even in Great Britain, they’ve got a drought, lots of dryness. Which brings me to this point.
And I asked Mark Schneider on the texting machine, I asked him about this over the weekend. I texted him, I might get him on the show to talk about it.
But here’s how stupid our politicians are, our elected officials. They’re fighting about things like climate change, where whether you believe Al Gore or Greta Thunberg, they’ve all been wrong.
So excuse me, whether you want to say Al Gore, what a thoughtful guy. Everything he predicted is wrong. Now, some of it’s wrong by a magnitude of a gazillion, some of it’s wrong by just a little, but it’s been wrong, Greta Thunberg wrong. All the things that they predict about how climate is going to be impacted and more importantly, how we can fix it.
Spending trillions of dollars while the Chinese and others don’t change behavior at all. It’s all dumb. It’s all crazy. That’s what they’re spending their time on, right? They’re spending their time lecturing the world on natural gas and oil.
Meanwhile, in the last five years, as Trump said over and over, President Trump, then, Germany was shifting to get more reliant on natural gas and oil from Russia.
But here’s what I’ve been thinking and I’m going to ask Mark Schneider. He taught me everything I know about Generation IV nuclear. Generation IV nuclear power is a, power plants that are built. You can build a lot of them, you can sort of mass produce them. It’s the wrong word because you’re not going to produce a 1000 of them, but you can produce them regularly. And they’re smaller and they have two great features.
One is they can’t melt down the same way that the drama you saw at Chernobyl and other places, it doesn’t work that way because they’ve changed the science of it.
And number two, all the waste that they have, it can consume its own waste. It uses the waste over and over again until it gets down to almost nothing in terms of radioactive waste. So it’s a big deal, generation IV. And it’s coming and, across Europe, by the way, the French, Germans are turning back on their nuclear power because why? Because it’s actually green. It doesn’t use oil and gas. And they’re getting oil and gas prices are too high.
So they’re going back to nuclear. They’re going to do it carefully. They are doing it on, I think, generation two. And generation three. They’re not doing it generation IV. But generation IV is coming. And what Mark Schneider and others taught me, Shellenberger, Michael Shellenberger has written about it, is that if we get to the point, not if but when we get to the point where these generation IV nuclear plants are set up, we are going to change everything.
Because you could have 50 of these deployed and you could have one in every state, you could have one in every major city, you could have communities built, and they could say, as part of our building, we’re going to start a community. It’s going to have at the center of it or at the side of it or something, one of these generation IV nuclear power plants because they’re safe, because they’re smaller, and because it just works.
And once you do that, you drive down the cost of energy so that anything’s possible. Which brings me to my point.
I texted Mark Schneider and I said, Mark, how come next to these massive oceans, say California, with California’s economy of, I don’t know, tens of billions of dollars, in fact, they got so much money from COVID and they had so much they had money left over, I think, this last year, and they’re spending on all kinds of things.
Why couldn’t, why didn’t why doesn’t somebody figure out a business model that says, I’m going to put a generation IV nuclear power plant right next to the coast, right next to a massive desalination plant, and I’m going to turn the salt water?
Because the problem with desalination, as I understand it, I’m not a scientist, but I was asking my father in law about it, is it takes too much energy to get the salt out of salt water, and you’re basically spending way too much energy. The cost is too high to make it work.
But once energy costs go so low, go down so low because of nuclear power, and you could desalinate in a plant next to a nuclear generation IV nuclear power plant, and you could do it in the off hours, right? You wouldn’t have to. That’s one of the things about when you’re creating energy, the demand, the different times of demand, managing that demand is actually really important. It’s really done very carefully so that you can maximize the value and also conserve. And you could do it in off hours, when the system allows it, you could be even better.
So I can’t believe and I asked Mark Schneider, I said, is anybody doing that? Because, I mean, not every problem, but almost every problem becomes fixable. If you could get water everywhere, if you can get water, everything from food and agriculture, animal, all those things that have to do with the food supply chain can be changed dramatically. You could change the living environment where people live.
If you could live in places right now that are drier and you could live there, you could change the density problems in cities. You could do all kinds of things. Once you get to that point. The fires in California, and my prediction would be, again, I was talking to my father in law about this. The fires in northern California especially, there’s one big one way up on the top of the state of California, but down through Simi Valley where he is, and all through the, it’s all so dry and every year we end up spending tens of billions of dollars to repair damage of lives and homes and everything that have been disrupted because of the dryness. And it’s not always a drought. It’s every year. It’s every year in the summer. It’s not just a drought. It’s not like the once in a generation drought. It’s the whole system, how we’re living, how things have been structured.
And so the response of Mark Schneider is that so far, most of the big power companies that are getting generation IV orders in, they’re ordering their generation IV have not paired it off with desalination. Not most all of them. No one’s paired off their nuclear power with desalination. But somebody should. Somebody should.
And here’s my final point. If California is so successful in terms of business and weather and real estate values, and it has been, the cities are a mess, right? L.A. And San Francisco, these dumb prosecutors and all, it’s terrible. But Santa Monica, somebody was telling me, Ssanta Monica has homeless everywhere, all kinds of stuff, it’s a disaster. That part’s a disaster.
But still, California’s economy is booming, and the governor of California, Gavin Newsom, he could be a visionary if he said, I’m going to solve these problems. California is going to lead the way on desalination, on power, nuclear power, this is going to change the whole world. The world. You change the whole world when you can do that. Parts of the world, Africa, the middle east, places that are too dry, cannot be dry, and things can change. And he can’t, he doesn’t do that. You can’t be the governor of Rhode Island and do it. You can’t be the governor of Wyoming and do it. I guess the governor of Texas maybe could.
But if the legislature and the governor of California or Texas, one of our biggest states that had the vision to go forward with this, change the whole world, it would change the whole world, and they didn’t do it. Instead, they’re spending hundreds of billions on solar panels again and windmills and all sorts of stuff that doesn’t move the needle, doesn’t change the dynamic, period.
All right, we got to take a break. When we come back, we’ve got a lot more, let me remind you, visit proamericanreport.com and sign up for the daily email, the daily WYNK, which is where you would have seen my comments I mentioned earlier that came out early Monday. All right, we’ll take a break. We’ll be right back. It’s Ed Martin here on the Pro America Report. Back in a moment.