Monday, May 02, 2011
BUT THE NUCLEAR BARONS REFUSE TO LEARN A DAMN THING
Yukiko may make the commonsense statement, “The human race simply hasn't reached the stage of evolution in which they can control atomic power”, but the global energy corporations and even the President of the United States continue to tout nuclear power as though nothing had happened.
“The nuclear industry has promised the world cheap, safe, and clean energy for over 60 years. As the Japanese government continues to extend its nuclear evacuation zone around the Daiichi nuclear complex in Fukushima, the pushers of nuclear power--including President Barack Obama--still demand that Congress approve ever-larger subsidies for new reactors. Wishful thinking about energy generation has apparently induced both temporary blindness and long-term amnesia about the history of nuclear "mishaps." In 2009, the government subsidized the nuclear industry with $18.5 billion in loan guarantees, which failed to anticipate the total costs of "the next generation of plants." The Nuclear Energy Institute--the industry's lobbying group--now wants $20 billion more in loan guarantees to get the so-called "nuclear renaissance" underway. Before ramping up funding for the nuclear gang, lawmakers should look beyond the current catastrophe and into some of the numerous U.S. nuclear accident reports.” (Click here for more)
Posted by Mick at 5/02/2011 08:52:00 AM