Do Environmentalists Back Nuclear Power????? No! Somervell County Salon-Glen Rose, Rainbow, Nemo, Glass....Texas


Do Environmentalists Back Nuclear Power????? No!

1 December 2006 at 11:12:42 AM

Wrote about this before-it seems that trying to frame the discussion as "Nuclear Power OR Coal-Fired Plants" is not only limiting.. but they aren't the ONLY choices. Gee, I can be against BOTH.  Reed of the Texas Center for Policy Studies also noticed the same false framing in the same article which THEY read in the A-AS; the article started out "Would you rather live next to a nuclear reactor OR a coal-fired power plant?"... Uh, NEITHER.

On Nov. 7, the American-Statesman announced boldly in a front-page article, written by Asher Price, that "Environmentalists rethink nuclear power." It claimed that "a lot of" environmentalists worldwide and "some activists in Texas" have been asking themselves "if they would rather live next to a nuclear reactor or a coal-fired power plant?" Among those listed were Jim Marston, who heads the Austin office of Environmental Defense, and Colin Leyden, executive director of Texas League of Conservation Voters.

The answer from the major environmental groups in Texas is neither. We do not want to live next to new 50-year coal-fired power plants, particularly those proposed that do not have state-of-the-art pollution control technology for pollutants such as mercury and nitrogen oxides, or for global warming gases. We certainly do not want ourselves, our children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren to inherit the specter of exposure to radioactive wastes, the potential for catastrophic accidents or terrorist attacks, or the liability that would accompany new nuclear power plants. We wholeheartedly continue to oppose the development of nuclear power and are not "rethinking" our opposition. This opposition is based on the five fatal flaws of nuclear power.

Now let's look at the part that applies to Glen Rose. We get nuclear waste from the plant. It has to go somewhere but who the heck wants it?

In Texas, operating nuclear power plants have nowhere to send their high-level radioactive waste. The attempt to put a federal high-level radioactive waste site in Yucca Mountain is mired in lawsuits and analysis. They suggest the proposed underground site is not what is was cracked up to be because of, well, cracks. Meanwhile the company — Waste Control Specialists — in Texas that supposedly will be taking "low-level" radioactive waste to its proposed site in Andrews County has not been able to meet the permit requirements established by the state.

Article points out some other flaws concerning proliferation, costs, etc and ends with saying

We will be working with the Texas Legislature during the coming session to expand the use of renewable energy sources such as wind, solar and geothermal power, and to increase funding for state and utility programs that would enhance energy efficiency and reduce energy demands These are real answers to our energy needs, not dangerous nuclear power plants and air polluting coal plants. Let's "rethink" our energy future with smart energy solutions rather than create problems.

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