There were two people on NPR yesterday talking about nuclear power plants. On one side they were saying the nuclear power plant problems in Japan after their earthquake had no bearing on future nuclear plants being built here in America.
On the other side of the issue, the person speaking was saying that nobody can control natural catastrophes. Yes, there are areas less prone to earthquakes, but there are hurricanes and tornadoes to think about.
I was kind of amazed that neither side talked about the storage issue for spent nuclear fuel rods, and how their half life is 10,000 years, and that we need to safely store them for something like 40,000 years
The last nuclear power plant to come on line in the United States was built in Tennessee in 1996. President Obama has based his "fix" for our long term energy needs on nuclear power, and a little thing like fuel rod meltdowns in Japan are not about to change that.
Like everything else in America, nuclear power is all about politics, and it has been said that the nuclear power industry owns Barack Obama. Here is how The Wayne Madsen Reports explains it:
Of course big political money brings big returns. Here is how Milfuegos reports it:
So, we have the start of a debate going on. On one side is the Nuclear Power Industry, and their new spokesman, Barack Obama. On the other side are the people who have fought for, and so far have won a stoppage to building new nuclear plants in the United States.
The talk yesterday on NPR was just a first round, but I think it is going to get nasty. The nuclear industry has never owned a President like they own Barack Obama, and the expert people on the other side are getting old or maybe have died.
So, the question is: Do we build new nuclear power plants, and trust that the industry can build them stronger than Mother Nature, or do we play it safe, and look for some other non-polluting way to produce electric power? Never mind thinking about spent fuel rod storage. Nobody can prove we will ever have a safe facility for that. Remember, it's a 10,000 year half-life on those rods.
Maybe a better question would be, can money buy the President and Congress, too? I think we know the answer to that. Even a bad idea can be made to look like a good ideaif you put enough money behind it.
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