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Posted on March 12 at 10:12 a.m.
Jarvis - "Gift of Nature" I guess that also includes all the ☢ pollution that Fukushima and all the other nuclear power plants are generating each day.
Solar (of all flavors) is maturing very quickly and that will also soon include developing tidal and ocean currents which will allow Solar to provide true 24/7 generating capacity.
BTW: Here is yet another view point from a respected Nuclear Professional:
<b>Nuclear power is risky and unprofitable</b>
<b>Nuclear safety expert Mycle Schneider says pushing atomic energy represents a "financial time bomb with serious risks for nuclear safety."</b>
DW: Mycle Schneider, every year you publish the World Nuclear Industry Status Report. What are the global trends?
The production costs for nuclear energy have increased over the past few years. It's a dramatic development as the costs of all the other technologies, especially renewable energies, are decreasing. Renewable energies are, therefore, now real competitors. Furthermore, power demand in Europe is shrinking, and for operators of nuclear power stations, these are serious problems.
So if nuclear power isn't economically viable, why then are some governments - such as the British government - planning to build new nuclear power stations?
For years, the British government has counted solely on nuclear power and not put forward a reasonable energy policy. Well, nuclear energy has become more expensive now but other, more intelligent scenarios have not been developed. It's also not certain, whether or not the new Hinkley Point nuclear power plant will be built as planned. There are no signed contracts yet. But the estimated cost to generate power from these plants is about twice as high as the average price of electricity in the grid today.
On Mixed Messages on Diablo Canyon
Posted on March 11 at 5:30 p.m.
I did not see any info about Senator Boxer saying:"Sen. Boxer reveals steam generator study flawed" at San Onofre, although it was in the lead-in to the story, and it is true!
Nick, I bet if you ask Senator Boxer on the record when she was first given the signed documents about those steam generator flaws she will not reply since she received them many, many months before she said a word about them.
I know this because the nuclear expert sent them to her via certified mail and therefore there is a paper trail, which she cannot deny, which makes one wonder whose side she is really on.
Posted on June 1 at 6:42 p.m.
If we all demanded more desalination (done properly) then we would not be painting ourselves into a BIG expensive water problem... Instead our Leaders want us to pay more for water while others in the State get their water for free...
What is wrong with that picture?
We need LEADERSHIP instead of ever more "use less water" while BIG Ag squanders acres of water and our dessert viaducts have no covers to prevent huge evaporation losses .
On Desalination Plant: Ace-in-Hole or Pipe Dream?
Posted on May 31 at 5:04 p.m.
touristunfriendly - Democracy depends upon elected Leaders doing what is right for the majority instead of themselves and their donors, that is why America is now slipping toward third world status... Sadly laws need Leaders to promote them and the vast majority of those now elected will never attempt to push penalties for what they consider "business as usual"...
Posted on May 29 at 4:35 p.m.
Potable water will be the new Oil and it is just smart planning to start building capacity ASAP, as our State Officials seem to be doing everything they can to make the price of water zoom upward, except for all those that are exempt from paying for water, and it is a big list.
The best way to produce desal. water would be to have an offshore floating desal. plant and that way its outflow would be mixed with the ocean currents and not localized in shallow water near the beach. Hopefully soon these plants will be easy to position where needed and be powered by wind and/or Solar panels providing as much clean water as needed, when their electricity is not needed...
BTW: If people are so concerned about harming microscopic sea life why are these same people screaming about the Jap. Gov't. pumping ever more ☢ water into their ☢ Toilet, the Pacific Ocean.
Posted on May 15 at 9:40 a.m.
Salute to all those involved!
Islanders know how important the environment is since they must depend upon it for their very lives, something that all those that live on a continent often assume to not also be true for them. It only takes a Trillion Dollar Eco-Disaster like Fukushima to remind all of us that life on Earth is fragile and that we all need to insure that our health is not impacted by BIG corporations that are primarily interested in profits instead of our long term health!
Beside Nature, nuclear power plants generating massive amounts of radioactive waste and/or the use of nuclear weapons all pose similar threats to mankind very existence and should all be phased out ASAP before mankind fouls planet Earth.
No Government and/ or powerful Corporation should be allowed to pollute our Planet, without the rest of mankind boycotting them and their products, while forbidding all those responsible from traveling or relocating globally!
1. The Japanese Government are now turning the Pacific Ocean into a radioactive toilet bowl by allowing all Fukushima's radioactive waste to further contaminate the entire Pacific Basin.
Why the Obama Administration Will Not Admit that Fukushima Radiation is Poisoning Americans http://shar.es/SVMT6
2. Southern California Edison caused a multibillion design debacle at San Onofre Nuclear Power Plant, which put all of southern California at risk, yet now they are working with the California Public Utility Commission to have ratepayers pay for it.
San Onofre: No questions allowed at next public workshop on nuclear waste storage
On Marshall Islands Files Nuke Suit Against Superpowers
Posted on November 30 at 10:34 a.m.
More nuclear food for thought...
BIG ☢ NEWS: World Bank Says N☢https://www.google.com/hostednews/afp...
+Solar Merry Xmas Comes Early:The US has 43 nuclear power plants’ worth of solar energy in the pipeline http://qz.com/1508 +SCE & SDG&E should pay ratepayers Billions in Rebates for their San Onofre Design Debacle which was a nuclear near-miss accident for all of SoCal:
On Diablo Canyon: Mad Dogs and Crazy Chickens
Posted on November 30 at 10:31 a.m.
Nuclear energy also has the potential to cause Trillion Dollar Eco-Disasters like Fukushima if something goes wrong, especially in the older Nuclear Power Plants (NPP's), which are the very same NPP's whose Utilities are seeking or have gotten up-rates! Since Nature can destroy any land based nuclear reactor, any place anytime, the NRC saying that nobody needs to be concerned sounds to me like "whistling while you are passing the graveyard" since the Japanese people thought nuclear was 100% safe until until some BAD happened at Fukushima, so thinking that will not happen in the USA is faulty logic, at best. Now they have a Trillion Dollar Eco-Disaster, which will NOT be fully contained (despite that TEPCO and their Regulators claim as it being "in cold shut down") for another 40 to 100 years while at the same time, it has been and continues to leak radioactive water into the Sea of Japan (aka the Pacific Ocean) for over 2.5 years which is now spreading globally!
So in reality, our US Leaders and the entire nuclear industry are just living in Nuclear Denial* claiming that US reactors are also 100% safe, which is nothing but nuclear baloney**.
Nuclear Power Plants provides by far, the most RISKY power in the US ( and the World).
The nuclear industry for the most part denies that they need to do any real safety upgrades and complains about any NRC required safety upgrades, yet they will not insure themselves against risk, having gotten Congress to pass that risk along to the US Govt. and the people of the USA, thanks to the Price-Anderson Act.
Per the NRC: Fact Sheet on Nuclear Insurance and Disaster Relief http://www.nrc.gov/reading-rm/doc-col...
In short, if there is more than $12 Billion in damages, residents are left holding a empty radioactive bag! BTW: This is only a tiny fraction of what it will cost in Fukushima, which I estimated to be about a Trillion Dollar Eco-Disaster!
What is the value of all the homes and Commercial property downwind of every nuclear power plant (NPP) in America?
Probably at least several TRILLION dollars…
Here is a great graphic that will help everyone visualize what is downwind of any of the US reactors! NRDC Nuclear Fallout Map: http://www.nrdc.org/nuclear/fallout/
Just click on a reactor and zoom in… (BTW: These are conservative fallout estimates).