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USA’s fiasco of money wasted on nuclear energy

nukes-hungryMoney spent on nuclear energy is wasted  TERRY T. CREVIA, The Jan. 14 Associated Press article “Training under way for new nuclear plant operators” shows the continued attempt to resurrect nuclear energy in the United States, despite its dismal track record of being too costly, too dangerous and inefficient.

Safety training is just one of the gaps in the nuclear energy fiasco. There are just too many problems with nuclear energy besides personnel training for it to continue to receive the tens of billions of dollars in government subsidies and additional financing for cost over-runs.

This is an example of wasteful spending we hear little about from Congress and the media, as too many get caught up in the excitement of cutting Social Security, Medicare, Medicaid and unemployment insurance.

Oyster Creek, N.J., is the oldest operating reactor in the United States. During Hurricane Sandy, flood waters rose by more than 6.5 feet, coming within 6 inches of wiping out the cooling system. Had this cooling system failed, the Northeast would have faced more radiation poisoning than Chernobyl or Fukushima.

From waste storage and transportation, accidental and planned radiation releases, locating fresh-water sites for cooling to uranium mining site contamination, nuclear energy has a host of unsolvable problems.

Since the Eisenhower administration’s Atoms for Peace program of the 1950s, the U.S. has spent half a trillion dollars without solving inherent nuclear energy problems, and still this industry is determined to put the square nuclear peg in the round energy hole. As Congress and the media beat the entitlements discussion to death, remember how your tax dollars are being wasted on the nuclear industry’s folly of hoping that with enough money and time, nuclear energy will become something, someday.

January 17, 2013 - Posted by | general

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