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Alec Baldwin says nuclear is "Filthy energy" (and lots more)


I get a lot of people asking me why I’m so negative about nuclear power. Today I’ll let Alec Baldwin, star of 30 Rock, explain why nuclear reactors are a filthy form of energy.

But first, the pros and cons:

Pro: Compared to oil, gas and coal, it’s relatively low-carbon, and in a world where we need to be doing everything we can to cut the amount of carbon we belch into the atmosphere, shouldn’t nuclear be part of the mix?

Con:  This week we learned that the Fukushima Daichi plants that went beyond meltdown after the tsunami in March have contaminated a vast area which will probably not be habitable again for generations.

And we learned that here in the US, the North Anna nuclear plant DIDN’T melt down, but may nevertheless have exceeded its design limits in the Virginia earthquake. In other words: after all the reassurances that our reactors are so marvelously designed and fail-safed that nothing could go wrong  - we just got lucky. (I can almost hear them, “But what about the 500 nuclear power plants that DIDN’T melt down this year? Why do you always focus on the negative?”)

And of course, we still have NO plan for long-term storage of this stuff. Yucca Mountain will probably never be a viable storage option – and do we really want them transporting nuclear waste through our communities by truck or rail?

In the meantime, the Virginia plant stores its spent waste in pools. If anything goes wrong, there’s very little keeping that fuel from contaminating the groundwater relied upon by hundreds of thousands of people.

That’s enough from me right now. Listen to Alec tell the Huffington Post Green all about it:

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Comments (7)

It is reassuring to hear that the North Anna nuke shut down as expected due to the earthquake, and that it was able to withstand an earthquake of higher magnitude than designed. I will take the word of the NRC over an actor any day.
Long term storage? Scholars in the early 20th century belittled crude oil because of its horribly toxic unusable by-products of making diesel and petrol. We now know these horrible un-storable by products as plastics, latex, oils, engine lubricants, coolants and everything else we use on a daily basis. So who knows what the future of nuclear is?
Sacramento voters were one of the first groups of concerned citizens in the country to bring about the closing of a nuclear power plant. Yes, in June of 1989, Ranch Seco Nuclear Power Plant was ordered to be shut down by a ballot initiative. Even though the environmental thriller novel, Green Power, is fictional, its opening revolves around this event.
I think there's one thing we know. Clean energy such as Solar, Wind and even bicycle power are renewable and when being implemented well are the right long term solution!
In my unhappy opinion... all profits from the sale of dirty fission nuclear energy should go toward clean-up and decommissioning, including bank interest on construction loans, management "profit" sharing", and shareholder dividends. Sorry...
THE COSTS outweigh all income!
Oil Price .com "Who will Pay for Nuclear Power Plant Cleanup?" By John Daly | Tue, 19 February 2013

"The predicted cost of decommissioning Sellafield nuclear facility in Cumbria, Britain’s largest nuclear complex, is now estimated at an eye-watering $104.3 billion over the next three decades, a figure that inexorably year by year continues to rise and represents over $1,546 for every man, woman and child in the British Isles."
Also this...
2/28/13 Editorial:Aperfectradioactivestorm- DailyAstorian:Editorials
www.dailyastorian.com/opinion/editorials/editorial-a-perfect-radioactive-storm/article_8e33ea68-7ac8-11e2-9609-0019bb2963f4.html?mode=print 1/1
Editorial: A perfect radioactive storm

Posted: Tuesday, February 19, 2013 11:14 am

“Perfect radioactive storm” are not words any resident along the Columbia River ever wanted to hear coming from the lips of a top elected official about the Hanford Nuclear Reservation.

Yet this is how Washington Gov. Jay Inslee last week characterized news about a major leak of highly toxic sludge from a single-wall storage tank, at the very time the nation nears across-the-board
funding cuts that could hobble any response.

There are 149 single-wall tanks at Hanford, plus 28 newer tanks with double walls. They contain residue from decades of refining plutonium for nuclear weapons, sludge that will remain deadly to living creatures for many thousands of years....
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