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Ted - great summary of the amazing progress made at NR during a period when engineers used slide rules and drafting tables. Would you mind if I produced reproduced your document as a blog post? Putting it in that form makes it easier for the search engines to find compared to a Word document download.

Rod Adams

I disagree that we lack the manufacturing capability that we had in the past. The manufacturing employment level in the US has decreased however the manufacturing productivity has increased through the use of more efficient processes and automation. Here is a blog article regarding the topic
http://blog.american.com/?p=8593

Josh b commented that our lack of manufacturing capability is greatly exaggerated, and backed it up with data.

Josh:

Thanks VERY much for this important info. The nuclear industry (and probably others) has talked itself into stand-still. They complain that they don't have the manufacturing capabilities, so they can't built new plants. Yet, I read that companies that could be building new heavy machinery say they can't be sure there's a demand, so they're reluctant to commit the necessary large funds.

The same is true of workers: The potential nuclear plant owners say they can't be sure they can get the needed workers, but the union leader involved, says "That's MY job. Tell me what you need, and by when, and I'll train the people. But you won't commit."

And, of course, all this reluctance affects potential lenders, which drives up interest rates. I can cite more specifics, if needed.

I'd like to see any more info anyone has on this subject. I'll play it up on my blog. But I urge you to get the word around. There are a lot of people who need to hear it.

Thanks again,

Ted Rockwell

I'd like to see any more info anyone has on this subject. I'll play it up on my blog. But I urge you to get the word around. There are a lot of people who need to hear it.

If you would go up high , then use your own legs! Do not let yourselves carried aloft; do not seat yourselves on other people's backs and heads .

I can not believe in any word here. This article is nonscientific, and I am so outraged with it!

It's so nice to have you do all of the research for us. It makes our decision making so much easier!! Thanks.

Nice little cup of life, protection of the environment so they can make a lot of contribution! Cool!

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