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  • texasblessings
    Oct 29, 2008
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      My point exactly, and I should have focused on it more: The "free"
      market can't function, and therefor renewables can't compete so long
      as our gov't officials are so in-bed with the nuke proponents and so
      long as citizens remain apathetic and uneducated about their well-
      being and safety. Plus, with roughly 100 units nationwide, the
      Three Mile Island incident grants the industry a 1% catastrophic
      failure rate. That's pretty darn high to consider it "safe"!

      --- In hreg@yahoogroups.com, "Jack Wagner (HSN)" <jack_wagner@...>
      wrote:
      >
      > I don't have a problem with nuke power per say as long as it's
      safe and
      > is not unfairly subsidized by the government. Of course, that
      brings up
      > the whole question about what are fair taxpayer subsidies for the
      > renewable sector. In a perfect world, the free market would decide
      but
      > that's probably not going to work this time around. With any luck,
      when
      > the Fed gets through with the banks, they'll throw a few billion
      our way
      > :-).
      >
      >
      >
      > ________________________________
      >
      > From: hreg@yahoogroups.com [mailto:hreg@yahoogroups.com] On Behalf
      Of
      > texasblessings
      > Sent: Wednesday, October 29, 2008 2:16 PM
      > To: hreg@yahoogroups.com
      > Subject: [hreg] Nuclear Energy-its long, sorry....
      >
      >
      >
      > I posed a question on here last night whether it was the general
      > consensus of folks on this board to consider nuclear power
      > reasonable within our acceptance of "renewables". Seems the
      general
      > consensus is "no". Good.
      >
      > I have a unique perspective on nuclear power which I hope you all
      > don't mind my posting here for your consideration. My husband is
      an
      > Engineering Specialist at the South Texas Nuclear Electric
      > Generating Station; On the other hand, I loathe the industry.
      >
      > It was not always so. I worked a stint at the pair of reactors
      > myself; I once fell for the deception. One of nuclear power's
      > biggest lies is their "benefit" for the local community. CNBC
      aired
      > a special highlighting this about two weeks ago. They say its
      > safe. They say it makes us independent of foreign sources. They
      > say the waste issues will work themselves out. For the longest
      > time, I did the easy thing: I ate what I was spoon-fed by the
      > industry.
      >
      > And then in 2005, STPEGS dropped a figurative nuclear bomb on our
      > community: they, as many other nuke plants had already done,
      > were "outsourcing" the jobs that had long been the backbone of
      > nuclear energy's acceptance in our community.
      >
      > Now one might argue, "That's just good business", and for a moment
      I
      > could agree, but then you have to acknowledge the hundreds and
      > hundreds of millions of dollars in federal subsidies the industry
      > requires (read: YOUR tax dollars being spent to fund overseas
      > jobs). And that brings up the issue of how many $$$ should we, the
      > American people, be required to feed into a fat, extremely
      > profitable industry that uses up our water resources, creates
      > hundreds of metric tons or radioactive waste, constantly emits
      > radiation? And as proponents of safe, renewable options, how can
      we
      > NOT fight an industry that uses up funds that would otherwise be
      > available to develop efficiency technologies and true renewables?
      >
      > Just last week STP had a terrorist scare: A small plane flew into
      > the designated "no fly zone" that surrounds the plant (due to its
      > inherent risk as a terrorist target and general riskiness)
      > initiating a security call which brought a fighter jet in to run
      the
      > smaller plane off. Late in the same day (being huntin' season &
      > all), an employee was leaving the building with a rifle case he
      had
      > just purchased FROM THE ON-SITE COMPANY STORE!! when security over-
      > reacted and called ALL available local law enforcement in from
      > around the County, locked the plant down, S.W.A.T teams searched
      the
      > building. Geesh! Its like living in a war zone. We have huge
      > sirens scattered across our county to notify us "just in case". In
      > fact, this week unit 2 lost its cooling ability for a full 14
      > minutes. Just like the radioactive boron leak a few years back, it
      > was an unforeseeable event until after it happened.
      >
      > Most of nuclear's risks are more insipid. Our cancer rates have
      > risen 22% since fuel load. I lost both my great grand-mother and
      > great grand-father to breast cancer. We have had to educate
      > ourselves about how to shore our bodies up so we'll absorb less
      > deadly radioactivity in the event of a leak (although the industry
      > had failed to supply us with Potassium Iodide to protect ourselves
      > even though federal law requires it). And the waste. Yucca
      > Mountain is a joke. Nevada plainly doesn't want it and even if it
      > were licensed and built, there are about 83 metric tons of waste
      > awaiting disposal NOW. Yucca's capacity is 80 metric tons. Of
      > course, the waste in Matagorda County won't be going to Yucca. Our
      > fuel rods are a non-standard 14' long, the industry standard is
      > 12'. There is not a manufacturer in the world making storage or
      > transport casks for 14' fuel rods. And guess what? The nuclear
      > industry sued the federal government a few years back and WON a
      suit
      > that alleged that it's the fed's responsibility to deal with
      nuclear
      > waste. Now, in addition to operating subsidies, employee training
      > subsidies, construction subsidies, loan guarantees, and the tax-
      > payer funded catastrophic clean-up subsidy...now we're paying them
      > to store their own waste! If we, the tax-paying public will pay
      > them to store their own waste for eternity, why the heck would
      they
      > want to miss that money-making opportunity? Not to mention, the
      > citizens of Matagorda County (and you Harris County folks who are
      > down wind) never got to have a radioactive waste hearing, never
      got
      > to be officially declared a nuclear waste dump, we got no say in
      the
      > matter at all.
      >
      > "All that is required for evil to prevail is for good men to do
      > nothing." (Edmund Burke) Please take a few minutes to educate
      > yourself about nuclear electricity generation and don't be led,
      > thoughtlessly, by the huge media campaign the industry would have
      > you follow. It's important that we band together and fight this
      > industry wherever opportunities present themselves. Talk to your
      > friends, neighbors, family members, and most importantly, talk to
      > your Representatives in local, state, and federal government.
      > Insist that this madness end.
      >
      > Sorry I got so long winded, this is very important stuff.
      >
      > Peace,
      > Susan
      >
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