If all the ineffective ideas for solving the energy crisis were laid end to end, they would reach to the moon and back

— David J. C. MacKay

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We can't be anti-everything - we need an energy plan that adds up.

But there's a lack of numeracy in the public discussion of energy. Where people do use numbers, they select them to sound big and score points in arguments, rather than to aid thoughtful discussion.

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In a climate where people don't understand the numbers, newspapers, campaigners, companies, and politicians can get away with murder

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We must not let ourselves be swept off our feet in horror at the danger of nuclear power. Nuclear power is not infinitely dangerous. It's just dangerous, much as coal mines, petrol repositories, fossil-fuel burning and wind turbines are dangerous.

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The bottom line in 2007 is that enrollment costs are going up substantially, drug coverage is declining and the brand name coverage in the doughnut hole is being eliminated... Medicare D is an insurance program, not a benefit. As consumption increases, so too will cost. The changes in 2007 clearly demonstrate the limitations of the program.

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It sounded like a very loud vacuum cleaner behind us.

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