It would appear that no attempt will be made to present a counter-view to the opinions of the lock-stock-and-barrel of the nuclear industry. As a local (15-mile) resident of the worst-run nuclear power plant in America (San Onofre, and that’s the NRC’s assessment, not mine), I have no faith in the union spokespeople who get up year after year at hearings, and proclaim their commitment to doing a good job, while at the same time, the entire plant is being cited for intimidating workers who say anything else. As to the owner’s point of view, new nuclear build without loan guarantees and that awful Price-Anderson Act would never happen, and there’s a pretty good chance it won’t happen anyway. So the utilities all keep running the current reactors into the ground… or rather, they keep replacing whatever fails, be it a reactor pressure vessel head, a steam generator, or anything else they can conveniently get to. The rest, they let leak (tritium). Old reactors operated just to make money and produce waste do just that — make money for the owners, and produce waste (fission products, exactly what was released at Fukushima) for the rest of us. Nuclear power is a dead-end. No one can justify it anymore. The cost to Japan of shutting down all their nukes is insignificant compared to the costs in lost land, lives, livelihoods, quality of life, etc. of Fukushima Dai-ichi. People don’t want that here. Nuclear power hasn’t got a future here, there, or anywhere.
# Posted By Ace Hoffman | 11/3/11 10:33 PM |
From the Editor’s Desk – Martin Rosenberg
The Big Question – Is there a Future for Nuclear Power?
Posted At : May 16, 2011 3:03 PM | Posted By : Martin Rosenberg
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The future of nuclear power has become – well – radioactive.
I mean, there is no way to approach it, wrestle with it and make sense of it.
Siemens – the big manufacturer- last month said it is rethinking its role in nuclear power. Its financial chief said back in April, “Fukushima has to be an occasion for taking stock” regarding the nuclear genie.
That is huge. There are not that many industrial conglomerates with the heft of Siemens that can help nurture and supply a nuclear renaissance. If the German company walks away from the game, the game gets a lot less interesting.
Then there is Germany – long a nervous Nellie about nuclear, which it has shunned, embraced and now is prepared to shun once again. Chancellor Merkel has said the country should close all of it 17 reactors by 2021 – a mere decade off. Utilities there warn it could trigger an economic calamity and force the nation to start importing energy.
To help get our arms around the all important question – the future of nuclear power – I am convening an expert panel at high noon, East coast time, this Thursday, May 19.
John Herron, president, CEO & chief nuclear officer of Entergy Nuclear, will provide a deep read on what the utility industry makes of the turmoil that has surrounded nuclear power ever since the nuclear crisis erupted in Japan. Entergy has 6,000 employees at its 12 nuclear units.
Jim Hunter, the utility director of the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers, will help us gauge the vast economic – and employment – impact riding on the future of nuclear power. IBEW represents 15,000 workers at 42 nuclear facilities.
The IBEW declared after the Japan accident, “The tragedy in Japan does not equate to the nuclear industry in America and attempts to draw correlations between the two constitute a disservice to the public and to the reasoned consideration of energy policy for the future.” Hunter will help us understand the union’s point and consider its many implications during our hour-long webcast.
Meanwhile, there are numerous license applications for next generation nuclear facilities pending before the U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission. The commission is reviewing next steps forward for nuclear power in America. A top agency leader, R. William Borchardt, executive director for operations, will join in the webcast to help us understand Washington’s take on the Japan nuclear crisis – and paths forward.
Want to listen in – and ask questions online?
Register in advance for the free event at http://www.energybiz.com/nuclearfuture. See you on Thursday.