NRC Relicensing Old "Zombie" Nuclear Plants
"If the plants get decommissioned it will literally cut our energy production by 1/2"
According to the Department of Energy's Energy Information Administration, in August 2009 Nuclear power produced approximately 0.758 quadrillion BTUs of energy, out of a total of 6.266 quadrillion BTUs produced across all sources. That's approximately 12% of total output. Thus, decomissioning nuclear power plants would not cut our energy production by half, either literally or figuratively.
Extensive stats from EIA available here: http://www.eia.doe.gov/emeu/mer/overview.html
100-Year-Old Electric Car Design Makes a Comeback
I'm not certain you're doing your math right.
Using the Bureau of Labor Statistics inflation calculator, $2375 1917 dollars have the same buying power as about $39000 2008 dollars. That inflation is based on the CPI.