Tuesday, April 14, 2009

The Worst Giveaway Yet: Another $50 Billion for Rust-Bucket Nukes?

  • "...No independent financiers will take an un-subsidized flier on new reactors. Nuke operators can't get private insurance on a major melt-down. With the proposed Yucca Mountain dump all but dead, the industry -- after fifty years -- has no certified place to take its high-level radioactive waste...

  • The nuke power industry is back at the public trough for the fourth time in two years demanding $50 billion in loan guarantees to build new reactors...

  • The latest demand for a $50 billion taxpayer handout to the nuclear power industry has been sleazed into the Senate budget bill...

  • The first terror jet to hit the World Trade Center on 9/11/2001 flew directly over Indian Point, whose elderly containments could not withstand an airplane's impact...
  • But the NRC's willingness to re-license the rickety, trouble-plagued Oyster Creek signals a willingness to ignore a wide range of serious health, safety and environmental concerns.
Thus pushers of the "Peaceful Atom" are pumping hard for taxpayer handouts and against meaningful regulation, even for the oldest and most decrepit reactors..." PLEASE, READ THE WHOLE STORY HERE. THE WASTE PRODUCT AND FALLOUT FROM THESE PLANTS IS PLUTONIUM - THE NUMBER ONE MOST LETHAL AND DANGEROUS POISON EVER KNOWN.

**Note** Half-life: the time it takes a radioactive substance to lose half its radioactive energy. After two half lives, a quarter of the sample is unchanged and after three, an eighth. Many highly radioactive materials such as plutonium must go through several half-lives before they become safe to handle without protection. Plutonium has a half-life of 24,000 years.


Anonymous said...

Go ahead, delete after reading.

Oh what a wonderful universe you decree!

No nukes of any kind.

I suppose your imperial godhood will deign to make an exception for the nuclei holding our human bodies together in physical ( rather than in blog) form, and/or those particular nukes causing our planet to be warm enough for life to exist. ( Uranium in the Earth's core causes all vulcanism, and keeps the oceans from freezing.)

But maybe you really mean it...... NO nukes. NONE.

OK, Let's go with that, then.

About 375,000 years after the big bang, the opaque radiation-only regime collapsed, as protons, neutrons, and electrons fell into local orbits about each other, allowing the universe to become, for the very first time, transparent. This transformation was nuclear/gravitic in nature, and allowed the faculty of sight to eventually evolve, along with such sight-based trivialities as movies, television, PC screens, and of course, eyes themselves. You can thank nukes for your eyes.

So, you have decreed us all blind! Thanks lots, oh god-man !

But without the uranium/potassium combo heating the planet, we would not even had a chance to evolve, blind or not blind.

So you have decreed us all OUT OF EXISTENCE!

That gets much more than just annoying, callous, eogocentric, and short sighted..... that could tend to piss us all off! All 6+ billion of us. The humans, I mean.

Talk about "designer realities".... the nuclear aspect of all reality was true from the very first femto second of the bang, but idiot human monkey-tribes hung up on sexual posturing, role playing, and religious juju myths, missed it completely. It was there anyway, though. And its still there, right now.

So speaking of a so-called "Nukeless" "reality" is the rotten leftover detritus of a pre-enlightenment age, angrily plopped in front of a post Einstein populace who all know better. Don't count on imposing your backward and infantile wish dreams on reality, reality is bigger, badder, and will win.

50 years from now, you will be dead, and reality will still be there, 100% nuclear, despite your rants, your cartoons, and your misplaced hubris.

Have a nice day.

Mr. Natural said...

Alrighty then, Mr. Science, I altered the tags for this post to read NO NEW NUCLEAR POWER PLANTS. Specific enough? JEEZ...

As Jim Hightower explains it, is that “the wealthiest 1 percent of Americans possess more net worth today than the bottom 90 percent of us combined. Worse, these privileged few and their political henchmen have structured a new economic ‘normal’ of long-term joblessness, low wages, no benefits or worker rights, miserly public services, and a steadily widening chasm between the rich and the rest of us.” We must restore sanity to this nation.