Friday, August 27, 2010

Idaho Samizdat Hosts Nuclear Carnival #16

Here is an excerpt from the 16th Carnival of Nuclear Energy at Idaho Samizdat Nuke Notes:
At Nuke Power Talk, Gail Marcus reflects on modern urban life without electricity following a thunderstorm in the Washington, DC, area that took it out. She asks people to remember where the juice comes from the next time they flip the switch. Will it be there if you rely on windmills?
Nucler renaissanceAt Areva’s North American Next Energy blog, Jarret Adams casts a skeptical eye on an essay by Carl Pope, director of the Sierra Club, on Huffington Post. Pope says nukes don’t add up.
Adams asks how Pope can think that when nuclear energy’s revival already is well under waywith more than 50 new plants under construction worldwide. More than 20 of these new reactors are being built in China alone.
Steve Hedges writing at Nuclear Town Hall agrees. He notes that financial analysts at Standard & Poors published this note:
“In other countries, new nuclear construction is in full swing. Many have adopted nuclear generation as an integral energy source option; about 60 nuclear plants with various reactor technologies are currently under construction around the world, and many more are in the advanced development and planning stages.”
He also reports that S&P even has positive words for Europe where “a steady stream of new reactors in Europe and Asia has established a relatively cheap supply chain and a skilled labor force there.”
In the U.S. TVA has just committed $248 million for 2011 to continue the re-start of construction of its Bellefonte reactor in Scottsboro, Ala. Read all about it at CoolHandNuke. TVA has successfully re-started a reactor at Browns Ferry and will complete work on one at Watts Bar in 2012.

At Idaho Samizdat, Dan Yurman writes that taxes and liability issues tie nukes in knots in Germany and India. If these two countries want nuclear energy, they have a strange way of showing it. India’s parliament finally passed the liability measure after protracted debate. It will open Indian markets to U.S. firms. Germany’s nuclear utilities now want to issue government backed bonds to pay for investment in alternative technologies instead of paying a tax on fuel rods. Stay tuned.

The faux environmental movement is a multi-billion dollar enterprise, with strong tentacles extended deeply into all western governments and into inter-governmental agencies such as the UN and its IPCC. Besides blocking nuclear energy and all other workable forms of big energy and power, the faux environmental movement wants to reduce the human population of Earth by at least 90% -- see and the voluntary human extinction movement, for the barest hint of the deeper and unstated plans of the faux environmentalist industrial - political - economic complex. There are plenty of other websites where one can get a more explicit and intentional portrayal of the true aims of the movement, if one is willing to do a bit of digging.

With most of the world's large governments and governmental lobbies -- except Russia and China -- infested by the faux environmental movement, it is no wonder that Germany, India, and the US are unable to get a rational nuclear power construction program going.



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