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Mon Dec 28, 2015, 08:57 PM

GOP lawmakers lead new effort to lift nuclear freeze

Source: Wisconsin State Journal

The Wisconsin Legislature is moving toward eliminating restrictions on nuclear power that were enacted after the 1979 meltdown at the Three Mile Island plant in Pennsylvania focused public attention on the potentially dire consequences of accidental releases of radioactive material.

Even Assembly Democrats are joining Republicans who are pushing the effort despite acknowledging that nuclear energy is far more expensive than other sources and that it leaves behind waste that remains dangerously radioactive for tens of thousands of years.

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"This is something that has been on our legislative agenda for a long time," Vebber said of the bills to remove requirements that new nuclear plants be economically advantageous to ratepayers and that storage be available for radioactive waste generated by plants in Wisconsin. "The renewed interest in it now has to do with the Clean Power Plan coming from the federal level."

Many businesses and Republican politicians have vowed to fight the federal plan, which is aimed at reducing greenhouses gases responsible for climate change.

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Votes matter, people.

Republicans want expensive nuclear energy to stop global warming, which they don't believe in.

And they'll do everything they can to block renewables, which are needed to stop global warming.

The moratoriums by Wisconsin and other states are only until the technology catches up with the hype - if it ever does, which is questionable.

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Response to bananas (Original post)

Mon Dec 28, 2015, 09:14 PM

1. It's the 21st century version of MAD: Mutally Assured Destruction

 

and it is madness.

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Response to bananas (Original post)

Mon Dec 28, 2015, 09:34 PM

2. Remember Fukushima?

 

Something bad happened there once. I wonder if it's been fixed yet? Not to worry though. If it was still important we would have heard.

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Response to sulphurdunn (Reply #2)

Tue Dec 29, 2015, 01:17 AM

5. Fukushima will be a wasteland for at least half a century

Not to mention the damage done to the Pacific Ocean.

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Response to bananas (Original post)

Mon Dec 28, 2015, 10:32 PM

3. Repeal Price-Anderson

Why should the taxpayers subsidize this mess?

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Response to cojoel (Reply #3)

Tue Dec 29, 2015, 09:27 AM

6. I'll be all for nuclear energy

 

when they come up with a reactor that can't melt down or otherwise release radiation into the environment. Until then the very idea is suicidally insane. And that's before we discuss what to do with the waste.

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Response to bananas (Original post)

Mon Dec 28, 2015, 10:45 PM

4. I would argue that creating waste that lasts so long to be stupid,

but I doubt we'll be around long enough for it to really matter.

Our time on this rock is likely coming to a close.

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Response to bananas (Original post)

Wed Dec 30, 2015, 11:31 AM

8. Conventional nuclear power: Worst. Idea. Ever.

Too expensive, too dangerous. Solar is the key. Best bang for the buck.

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