To the editor:
I have just re-read, especially in light of the recent election results, the EE Times edition on green engineering, which I think is one of the best to date.
However, I would suggest that while green engineering is probably going to be moving quickly to the fore, I think that one can't at this point deny that nuclear energy will probably be part of the mix. The amount that it will play in the mix is limited, certainly, but not just by the amount of uranium primarily, but rather with the engineering of nuclear plants, the training of people in the industry and resolution and transparency issues regarding the long-term storage of nuclear waste. And especially, the confidence of the people of the United States in this form of energy.
The development of most probably wind and solar are in the short and intermediate term the technologies that will get started the quickest. Wave and geothermal probably are longer term, as is the claim for "clean coal" technology, although the earliest for the latter is projected to be 2020.
The concern for infrastructure developement and repair could very well be a part of green engineering development and growth, as the national power grid has not really been optimized since the mid to late 1930's.
Also, there is a Web site that the Obama transistion team has put up where there is a solicitation for ideas regarding energy and the environment, among other issues. I have been submitting ideas to the site, and I would think that the EE community is primed to suggest solutions of a practical nature that can be of grand help to the problems that we are facing as a nation and world.
Joel Wilson, EE