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flamingdem Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Apr-24-11 07:03 PM
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America's Deadly Nuclear Legacy: Harvey Wasserman, Greg Palast, How Green is Nuclear Energy?
Edited on Sun Apr-24-11 07:04 PM by flamingdem
http://thegarynullshow.podbean.com/2011/04/15/the-gary-... /

I meant to post this one before. Audio program

This is a more incisive analysis than the previous with Harvey Wasserman, Greg Palast and Chris Busby

with a discussion of the US nuclear industry, spent fuel pools, economics of the nuclear industry, etc
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flamingdem Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Apr-24-11 07:19 PM
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1. Did you know that a nuclear catasrophe is a PROFIT CENTER?
Edited on Sun Apr-24-11 07:23 PM by flamingdem
http://www.gregpalast.com/no-bs-info-on-japan-nuclearob... /

** The OP audio explains the ways of the nuclear business including companies that make money off of nuclear disasters. US reactors are only insured for 75 million. If the US government didn't back them up you'd see
the industry disappear, right?

Here are the facts about Tokyo Electric and the industry you haven't heard on CNN:

The failure of emergency systems at Japan's nuclear plants comes as no surprise to those of us who have worked in the field.

Nuclear plants the world over must be certified for what is called "SQ" or "Seismic Qualification." That is, the owners swear that all components are designed for the maximum conceivable shaking event, be it from an earthquake or an exploding Christmas card from Al Qaeda.

The most inexpensive way to meet your SQ is to lie. The industry does it all the time. The government team I worked with caught them once, in 1988, at the Shoreham plant in New York. Correcting the SQ problem at Shoreham would have cost a cool billion, so engineers were told to change the tests from 'failed' to 'passed.'

The company that put in the false safety report? Stone & Webster, now the nuclear unit of Shaw Construction which will work with Tokyo Electric to build the Texas plant, Lord help us.

http://redactednews.blogspot.com/2011/03/greg-palast-re...
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flamingdem Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Apr-24-11 07:34 PM
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2. Debate on Nuclear Plant Safety in the US with Pro Nuke spokeswoman and Arjun Makhijani
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ACoGb6UK9k8&feature=play...

Daphne Wysham is a Fellow at the Institute for Policy Studies and founder and host of Earthbeat, now airing on 61 public radio stations in the US and Canada. Eileen Supko began her career as a nuclear engineer at Carolina Power and Light Company. She is is a Vice President of Energy Resources International, Inc., a nuclear fuel consulting company in Washington, DC. For over 25 years, she has worked in the electric power industry, providing technical, economic, and policy expertise in all phases of nuclear fuel management to US and international companies. As well, between 1995 and 1997, she was the U.S. representative of a consultancy to the International Atomic Energy Agency regarding international experience with the storage of spent nuclear fuel. Arjun Makhijani is president of the Institute for Energy and Environmental Research. He is the author of “Carbon-Free and Nuclear-Free: A Roadmap for U.S. Energy Policy” (2007) and he has served as a consultant on energy issues for agencies of the United Nation
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