Everybody will benefit if LENR lowers Transportation Costs
One of the biggest benefits that effective low energy nuclear reaction (LENR) will have for families, individuals and businesses would be to greatly lower transportation costs. Transportation costs are actually one of the biggest factors in driving up the cost of a wide variety of products.
Take automobiles which are made from steel. One of the biggest costs involved with steel is hauling iron ore from which steel is made from the mine to the steel mill. The biggest expense for iron mining companies like Rio Tinto and Vale is often transportation. Rio Tinto operates a fleet of ships that haul iron ore from Australia to China and railroads to haul iron ore from the mines to the docks.
Once the iron has been turned into steel it has to be hauled to the car factory where it is turned into the car. The parts from which the car is made also have to be hauled to the auto factory. Once the car is assembled it has to be hauled to the dealership.
All of this involves transportation which involves energy most of which is generated by burning fossil fuels. Ships are powered by bunker oil (which is burned in steam engines) or diesel fuel. Trains are either powered by diesel fuel or by electricity which is usually produced by the burning of coal. Trucks also run on diesel fuel.
All of that fuel adds up and it adds greatly to the cost of the finished products we buy. When you buy a fruit or vegetable at Kroger’s or Tesco one of the main costs you are paying is for is transportation to haul the fruit or vegetable from the farm to the store. When you buy a piece of clothing at Wal-Mart one of the main costs you are paying is for transportation.
If the use of LENR engines could reduce transportation costs by 10% the cost of the final product could fall by 10%. Retailers like Wal-Mart and Target will pass those costs onto consumers because they know consumers buy more when costs are reduced so they make more money. If LENR could reduce transportation costs by 10% or 20% the cost of products on store shelves could fall by 10% or 20%.
This will give families more spending money and benefit the economy by putting more money into circulation. Companies will have more money to invest because they won’t have to spend a large percentage of their money on fuel for transportation. Rio Tinto will be able to mine more iron oil because it will have more cash. Some of that cash will also be passed onto investors which will increase the size of pension funds.
Almost everything that moves between continents goes by ship. If a hot LENR device could be perfected it would be a simple matter to build LENR steam turbines to run ships. That would reduce shipping costs and enable ships to haul more because they would have to haul less fuel. The same turbines could be used in locomotives to pull trains and perhaps in semi tractors to move freight on land. Another benefit is that LENR powered vehicles could be bigger and haul more which will reduce labor costs by reducing the number of drivers needed. That savings could also be passed onto consumers.
LENR could be also be used to generate electricity to power trains. Large North American railroads such as the Union Pacific and the Canadian National could switch from diesel locomotives to electric because they could build their own LENR power plants to produce electricity. By going electric they could make the trains move faster and haul more freight. The use of high speed rail to haul freight could become economical with LENR produced electricity.
Even air travel costs could be greatly reduced because LENR could be used to power jets to move planes. A lot the fresh food sold at our supermarkets is moved by air, if we could use LENR powered jets we could greatly reduce the cost of that food as well. Among other things that would greatly reduce the cost of operation for delivery companies like FedEx and UPS which rely upon cargo jets to move packages. It would also reduce the cost of the products you order from online retailers like Amazon.com which rely on those services for delivery.
Profitability in a number of industries including mining has been falling in recent years because of increasing transportation costs driven by higher fuel prices. If we could eliminate the fuel costs we could greatly increase the profitability of those industries. More important we could have lower prices for almost everything.
Something we forget is that most big companies are really in the transportation business. Wal-Mart is in the transportation business it transports goods to retail stores. Exxon-Mobile is in the transportation business it transports oil and petroleum products. Safeway is the transportation business it transports food. Rio Tinto is in the transportation business it transports iron ore and coal. Even Apple is in the transportation business it transports iPhones and iMacs from factories in China to the stores or your home.
Lowering transportation costs will cut the cost of business for all those companies and the cost of many of the products we use every day. Everything from gasoline to corn chips could cost less because of LENR. That means LENR could put more money into your pocket or your bank account.