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To his credit, President Obama is making the moves to add the first nuclear power plant in the USA in more than 30 years.

 

By Jove, I think he gets it! I agree that it's time to put nuclear power on the table and this might be the first thing he's done that I can give kudos without reservation. Good for him. Thanks for sharing that, Gami.

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View PostTo his credit, President Obama is making the moves to add the first nuclear power plant in the USA in more than 30 years.

 

By Jove, I think he gets it! I agree that it's time to put nuclear power on the table and this might be the first thing he's done that I can give kudos without reservation. Good for him. Thanks for sharing that, Gami.

 

No doubt...one small step for mankind! (in the positive direction)highfive.gif

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Get the Japanese to build it . They can get built and running in ,what 3 yrs I think I heard. **** have pride in their work. Some thing we don't.

If it gets built by us ,the unions, it will be a mess.Look at the Big Dig.

 

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I shortened Japanese to a shorter nickname and was deleted.

I'm Swedish so I call my self a Swede. Will this be deleted...

 

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NUCLEAR ENERGY IS PUBLICLY SUBSIDIZED.

 

It is SOCIALIST ENERGY.

 

The nuclear energy industry is a HUGE pig

sucking the taxpayer teet.

 

It NEVER turns a profit.

 

TAXPAYERS are the INSURER in the event of a nuclear accident.

 

How can any RESPONSIBLE person advocate for further

taxpayer support for an unprofitable and dangerous industry?

 

Next taxpayers will be FORCED to pay for plant decommissions

VERNON, Vt. - The companies that own almost half the

nation's nuclear reactors are not setting aside enough

money
to dismantle them, and many may sit idle for

decades and pose
safety and security risks as a result
,

an Associated Press investigation has found.

 

The shortfalls are caused not by fluctuating appetites for

nuclear power but by the stock market and other investments,

which have suffered huge losses over the past year and

devastated the plants' savings, and by the soaring costs of

decommissioning.

 

 

At 19 nuclear plants, owners have won approval to idle

reactors for as long as 60 years,
presumably enough time

to allow investments to recover and eventually pay for

dismantling the plants and removing radioactive material.

 

But mothballing nuclear reactors or shutting them down

inadequately presents the most severe of risks. Radioactive

waste could leak from abandoned plants into ground water or

released into the air, a
nd spent nuclear fuel rods could be

stolen by terrorists
.

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As one of Florida's largest utilities prepared to unveil details about its

nuclear plans in March 2008, its executives showed a noticeable wariness

about one detail in particular: the price.

 

When the price was unveiled, the reason behind Progress Energy's caution

became clear: the price for two reactors topped $14 billion, more than

double the original estimates proffered by Progress Energy and other

utilities throughout the country.

 

The new, higher estimates for nuclear, driven by the rising cost of labor,

steel, cement and metals like copper, has the nuclear industry worried

about giving the public sticker shock. Utilities around the nation will soon

be asking state regulators for permission to spend billions on high-priced

nuclear plants. When utility customers start seeing those enormous costs

reflected in their monthly electric bill, politicians may start hearing from

some very unhappy constituents.

 

Progress Energy is one of few U.S. utilities that has offered a public

estimate for new nuclear. Another is Florida Power Light, which estimates

that it will spend $18 billion to $24 billion, depending on the technology it

selects for its two reactors. Although other utilities have remained mum,

Florida's estimates appear in line with what other utilities can expect.

 

At those prices price, more than $6,300 per kilowatt,

building nuclear costs three times more than building wind.

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We had a place to store our spent rods.

Salt domes in Nevada .We spent Billions over the years to develop this site.

Harry Reid is obama's next of kin.So that site was nixed.

No more plans to use that site, or any other under ground sites.

All nuclear waste sits above ground at what, 60 sites?????

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Punk Freud

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Hey you got it right.

This is the same reason we do not want a wind farm on Horseshoe Shoal.

I will have to pay for it twice.

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View PostGet the Japanese to build it . They can get built and running in ,what 3 yrs I think I heard. **** have pride in their work. Some thing we don't.

 

 

 

Of course, we could also do the job, but since my country is so taboo to many Americans, it may never happen shakehead.gif . We have almost 90% of our electricity from nuclear power.

 

A basic overview with good specifics:

 

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/French_Nuclear_Power

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"In France they got it right."

 

I'm all for adding more Nuke power but come on now. Comparing the US's energy needs to those of France is like apples and oranges. On one hand you have a small country where people live close to where they work and if they drive they drive small econo gas getters. Here in the US we have a huge country, where most people live a good distance from work and drive gas guzzlers to work....

 

Nuke is a step in the right direction but it's not gonna be the whole solution. I am hoping at this point we do something here domestically with oil. When oil was cheap I always felt like it was a good idea to save what we had in the ground for when other country's wells started to dry up. The way oil is being pushed on the open market we now need something to throw a bucket of cold water on these speculators heads and domestic oil is the only way to do that. By keeping oil prices low with domestic oil we can then turn to alternative energy knowing that we only bought ourselves some time.

 

John

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Alternative energy is not the catch all. We must balance oil, coal, nuclear, and alternative energy sources to work in harmony. Those that espouse a "green" solar/wind only thing are only pissing in the wind. We need it all.

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I'd be perfectly happy to have the French build it. However, AFAIK the only company in the world that currently makes some metal components is Japan Steel, so we're going to have major Japanese participation one way or the other.

 

Perfectly true that the taxpayer is an unwilling and largely unaware participant in nuclear construction. I wonder, given the current credit crunch, if in fact these projects are going forward in any real sense?

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View PostWhat has he done to win my trust to believe him?

 

http://www.sltrib.com/News/ci_12595919

Chu, speaking to the Western Governors' Association in Deer Valley, said loan guarantees included in the federal stimulus package could cover three or four new nuclear-power plants.

 

And for the "drill, Baby, drill!!" crowd:

http://www.nytimes.com/2009/06/18/us.../18energy.html

A Senate committee on Wednesday approved an energy bill that would open large tracts of the Gulf of Mexico to oil and gas drilling and provide federal loan guarantees for a gas pipeline project in Alaska.

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