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Integral Fast Reactors are the solution to the energy crisis

Amos ’08 (27 Jun, Tribune Business News, reporter, “Can the US be Energy Independent”, AB, Proquest)

In today's economy of skyrocketing gas prices, many Americans are listening more closely to
suggestions for weaning the United States from its oil addiction, and one Culpeper man thinks he holds
the key.
Robert Wical, who has lived in Culpeper for the past 25 years with his wife, is the author of "Total
Energy Independence of the United States: A Twelve-Year Plan." Wical is a retired computer programmer
and electronics engineer with a master's degree in business. Wical is not a scientist, but rather an inventor
who spent four years researching his 12-year plan on the Internet, which he says is the first "viable, self-
financing plan" that is publicly available. His idea involves the country investing trillions in "integral
fast reactors," or IFRs, that would generate hydrogen as fuel and consume nuclear waste.
"I just kept
looking," Wical said. "With all the things that have been invented and done recently, why is it that
nobody has come up with a plan or suggested anything to solve the problem? You can search the world
over; there is no plan to make the United States energy independent."

IFRs don’t consume fuel
Amos ’08
(27 Jun, Tribune Business News, reporter, “Can the US be Energy Independent”, AB, Proquest)

The IFR, which Wical said comprises known science and proven technology, would use nuclear waste
to heat water into steam, using the steam to create electricity. The IFR
, according to Wical, recycles its
own fuel and thus never has to be refueled It could also generate liquid hydrogen as a fuel source for
the country.

IFRs could replace all other energy sources
Amos ’08
(27 Jun, Tribune Business News, reporter, “Can the US be Energy Independent”, AB, Proquest)
"One of these reactors is a gigawatt of power," he said. "That's a billion watts. That's enough to light
Culpeper, Charlottesville and Warrenton for 40 years. We could do away with Dominion. And the icing
on the cake is it would consume all the nuclear waste we're trying to get rid of."
Wical said the IFRs
produce electricity for a penny a kilowatt. Today, he said it costs $6 a gallon to make a gallon of
hydrogen from water. If the IFR was implemented countrywide, it would cost 35 cents.

IFRs are NOT dangerous
Amos ’08
(27 Jun, Tribune Business News, reporter, “Can the US be Energy Independent”, AB, Proquest)

Because people are afraid of nuclear power, Wical said solutions like the IFR are ignored. "(People)
are ignorant of the facts. Thank God there's a cure for ignorance,"
he said. "They don't understand
(nuclear power). They think everything's like Chernobyl. What they don't realize is that if you wanted
to plan an accident with a nuclear power plant, you'd build it like Chernobyl. Anything you could do
wrong was done at Chernobyl. You don't have any of those problems with the IFR."

Wical, the inventor of IFR, is well qualified
Amos ’08
(27 Jun, Tribune Business News, reporter, “Can the US be Energy Independent”, AB, Proquest)
Robert Wical, who has lived in Culpeper for the past 25 years with his wife, is the author of "Total Energy
Independence of the United States: A Twelve-Year Plan." Wical is a retired computer programmer and
electronics engineer with a master's degree in business.
Wical is not a scientist, but rather an inventor
who spent four years researching his 12-year plan
on the Internet, which he says is the first "viable, self-
financing plan" that is publicly available
. His idea involves the country investing trillions in "integral fast
reactors," or IFRs, that would generate hydrogen as fuel and consume nuclear waste. "I just kept looking,"
Wical said. "With all the things that have been invented and done recently, why is it that nobody has come up
with a plan or suggested anything to solve the problem? You can search the world over; there is no plan to
make the United States energy independent." Wical said he had patents for past inventions, which include
an electronics assembly machine and "a cute little flowerpot hanger."

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