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NUCLEAR ENERGY: Reid, Obama present roadblock

Letter by Donald H. Sanislo, Auburn on March 25, 2011 at 12:36 pm with 58 Comments »
March 25, 2011 1:44 pm

This nation could use nuclear energy to great benefit for all. But because of the lack of long-term storage for high-level nuclear waste due to political gaming between Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid and President Obama, in all good conscience we dare not proceed with new plant construction.

We have but to look to Japan’s continuing tragic experience to understand the folly of above-ground storage of high-level nuclear waste. In Nevada, a long-term underground storage facility is virtually complete, to the tune of about $10 billion. But because of what appears to be an example of political quid pro quo, Reid and Obama have proclaimed, despite all the best science, that the site is not safe for the purpose it was painstakingly chosen and designed for.

Unless efforts to overturn this miscarriage are successful, it appears that Obama’s need for Reid’s support for Obamacare will cost this nation dearly. We simply cannot risk the continued production and storage of these unbelievably toxic materials above ground.

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  1. Roncella says:

    Why is President Obama giving millions of our taxpayer dollars to foreign countries to drill for oil off their coasts while at the same time he is stopping any and all drilling off our own coasts or in Alaska ????

    The price of a gallon of gas is close to 4.00 a gallon with no end in sight as to how high it will go, what is he thinking ????

  2. Here are the facts Don, nuclear power is the most expensive power we can generate, none cost more per kilowatt hour and that is even before you figure in the storage and clean up cost of the spent fuel.
    Add that in and you might as well burn $10 bills for heat and light in you house.
    Nuclear power is hardly the answer to our energy needs, it is certainly part of the large solution but far from the only or even the best answer.

    as to the cost of gas, I sure wish some would learn the lesson about oil being a commodity which we have to teach them every time the price goes up a dime.
    Not to mention telling lies about ‘millions of dollars being given away, I mean look to Isreal if you want to whine about money being given away.

  3. Roncella says:

    xtp855, Nuclear Energy has been very stable and over many years has a very good saftey record.

    The Liberals Special Country, that they love to compare to the U.S. Thats “France” of course has many many nuclear plants operating with no problems, has do many states in America, check out the mid-west, America has hundreds of Nuclear Plants opering there.

    xtp855, If we eliminate Nuclear Power and Natural Gas, and oil and coal what the heck do you think will power factories and large businesses and peoples homes ?

    You greenies are out of your minds, you want us all to go back to the Horse and Buggy and riding bikes and depending on windmills or the sun to live.

    When your shopping for your groceries and you see all those vegs, meats all over the Wal-mart or where ever it is you shop remember that all that food has used fertilizers, and was planted with tractors using fuels from oil and harvested again by machines and tractors of all kind.

    Tell me what is your plan to do all this planting and harvesting and how will you power up large factories and industries ??????

  4. ::::laughing and rolling on the floor at “greenies”:::::::::

    Nuclear is really safe. Ask the people that were at Chernobyl, Three Mile Island and now Japan.

    How many deaths due to cancer have there been with people who worked at Hanford?

    There are clean and safer sources of energy, but the CONS lack creative thinking.

    If FOX didn’t say it, it ain’t so.

  5. What keeps taking up more and more space on grocery shelves?


    Join the 21 Century, Roncella.

  6. nokoolaide says:

    How many coal fired plants would it take to replace one nuclear reactor?

  7. whatIdid says:

    Good question… Barack Obama: 2008
    “So, if somebody wants to build a coal plant, they can — it’s just that it will bankrupt them, because they are going to be charged a huge sum for all that greenhouse gas that’s being emitted.”

    Barack Obama: 2008
    “I’d like higher gas prices, just not so quickly”

    Not far from a pattern….

  8. ItalianSpring says:

    Hey libs, how do the French handle their nuclear waste? Hmmmmm?

  9. crusader says:

    Gas is up 85% since Obama took office.

    Change we can believe in?

  10. For Italianspring: France’s engineers tried harder than those in any other country to build and run breeder reactors reliably at a commercial scale, but ultimately they failed. The result is that even in France–the best real-world model of what reprocessing can accomplish–the technology remains a tantalizing but only partial solution to the problem of high-level nuclear waste.

    Not so simple is it!

  11. crusader says:
    March 25, 2011 at 7:36 pm
    Gas is up 85% since Obama took office.

    Change we can believe in?

    How about a little truth?

    “Average gas prices–January 12, 2009 … The national gasoline average is now about a $1.28 below the price this time last year.” (Obama was innaugurated on January 20th)

    What does this mean? The price of gasoline was higher during the Bush Administration than after Obama was elected. Today’s high still doesn’t touch the $4+ per gallon we paid during the Bush Administration.

    Quotes we can believe in.

  12. dallasow says:

    whatidid: Both of your alleged quotes from Obama are lies. Why do righties have to lie to try to support their points?

    crusader: 85% increase in prices in just over 2 years? See above.

  13. Gas prices are up due to day traders taking advantage of LIbya in order to make quick profits. Nothing will change that unless we…….REGULATE the Market.

    France and nuclear…….yep, nothing quite like having to place a river off-limits due to radiation.

    Calendar of nuclear accidents:

  14. crusader says:

    According to the Energy Information Administration (run by DOE) when Obama took office the average gas prices was $1.83.

    Yesterday it was $3.60 at Costco.

    That’s a 96% increase.

    Educate yourselves people.

  15. Don I agree that we should move the waste to the Nevada facility. You are correct that it’s not safe to store this waste at the current locations.

    One way to make the move more palatable would be to pay each resident of Nevada a yearly check.

    That of course makes nuclear energy more expensive.

  16. According to the Energy Information Administration (run by DOE) when Bush was in office the average gas price for regular was $4.05 on July 14, 2008.

    Bush is still the winner. However, I don’t blame Bush or Obama.

    As long as gas prices go up due to demand. that’s a good thing since the economy is creating jobs.

    If gas prices are going up due to civil wars, that’s bad for the economy and devastating for the folks living in a war zone.

  17. “According to the Energy Information Administration (run by DOE) when Obama took office the average gas prices was $1.83.”
    Which would mean that one year prior – January 2008 – gas was $3.03 and went up from there.

    How’s my education doing?


    Prices peaked in June of 2008 at $4.12. They were at their low when Obama took office Note the DRASTIC DROP during October, November and December of 2008.

    If the President drives the cost of gas, why were the prices dropping as a change in President was talking place?

  18. No one ever edits a youtube.

  19. youtube #1 – commercial for the GOP. Watch how his lips don’t match the audio

  20. Youtube #2 – edited audio.

  21. Youtube #3 – FOX TV??????????? Oh my gaaaawd!!!!

    Interesting how FOX was leveraging gas prices agains Obama. When that didn’t work, the prices were driven down during October and November of 2008 so that the Democrats couldn’t focus on gas prices during a GOP administration during the run up to the election.

    I think I’ll pass on “just for grins”. I’d rather chew on some tin foil and shave my head with a cheese grater.

  22. whatIdid says:

    … he still said it.

  23. 6Zero, It would do some of the liberal and leftests who post here alot of good to watch and listen to what President Obama has said so many times. It seems our Lame Stream Media does not want to replay these comments so as not to offend President Obama in anyway.

    You can’t blame the Lame Stream Media for wanting to stay on the good side of Obama.

    Look at how well it helped G.E. Corporation not having to pay 1 Dollar in taxes this past year inspite of making 5 billion in profits in the U.S. and 15 billion in profits world wide, and they paid No Taxes.

    G.E. Corporation who a few months ago owned MSNBC the cable channel who openly supported President Obama all through the last election and still openly supports everything he says and does did very well having Obama in their pocket as G.E. was near bankruptcy before all the special deals from the new light bulbs and solar energy came right to them.

    Chicago Politics really works.

  24. Excellent observation Ron.

  25. I thought that conservatives were anti-tax. Now, they criticize?

    KOOKY? You bet!

    Fence jumpers.

  26. “Note the drastic drop October November December 2008″

    Yep, immediately after Bush announced more domestic exploration.

    Funny how supply and demand works.

    Educate yourself.

  27. whatIdid says:

    What, praytell, are you talking about Polago?

  28. Did you read Roncella’s comment before you praised it, whatdiddy?

  29. Roncella says:

    Polago, Please don’t pick on other posters who understand and might agree with my posts, you almost sound jealous ??!!

  30. Pay attention, Roncella. He asked me a question. My question was my reply.

    Go back and re-read your comment. Are you not complaining about GE’s tax issue? Are you not an anti-taxer?

    Don’t see the conflict, here?

  31. klthompson says:

    Simple solution for a complex problem. Get rid of Obama and Reid at the earliest opportunity.

  32. Oh how powerful Obama is. All hail the all powerful one who has;

    Been blocking the Yucca Mountain Disposal site since before he was an acorn;

    Crating tax loop holes so most big Corporations don’t have to pay U.S. taxes;

    And now he single handily forces Might Oil to raise the price of gas.

  33. I love the lackeys to Big Oil.

    I need more bridges to sell.

  34. Yeah…did Roncella change his position on taxes? Maybe that only counts if he thinks someone is on Obama’s side.

  35. The Yucca Mt. issue is before an appeals court. If the court decides against the administration and they do not appeal further, Yucca will be reopened.
    It is already too small to hold all the spent fuel spread around the US. So, what’s next, send rockets loaded with spent fuel to the sun? That might be interesting!

  36. “Roncella says:
    March 26, 2011 at 10:00 am
    liberal and leftests who post here….. Lame Stream Media…..Lame Stream Media……. G.E. Corporation who a few months ago owned MSNBC…….. having Obama in their pocket……was near bankruptcy…… Chicago Politics….”

    “whatIdid says:
    March 26, 2011 at 10:07 am
    Excellent observation Ron.”


  37. The main problem with Yucca Mountain is how can we safely move the spent rods from where they are to the Mountain.

  38. Roncella says: “Look at how well it helped G.E. Corporation not having to pay 1 Dollar in taxes this past year inspite of making 5 billion in profits in the U.S. and 15 billion in profits world wide, and they paid No Taxes.”

    I’m with Polago. I find a kooky conflict in Roncella making such a statement.

    It was the George W. Bush American Jobs Creation Act of 2004 containing 13 billion in corporate tax breaks which, seemed suspiciously tailored to benefit G.E. a corporation that has spent for than 200million lobbying over the last decade. According to G.E.’s 2007 regulatory filing, the company saved more than $1billion in American taxes in the three years following the enactment of GWB’s 2004 Jobs Creation Act , which is in effect to this day.

    Since 2002 G.E. has eliminated a fifth of its work force in the U.S. while increasing overseas employment.


  39. My sentence in the previous comment was a mess and hard to understand. It should read:

    It was the George W. Bush American Jobs Creation Act of 2004 which contained 13 billion in corporate tax breaks and seemed suspiciously tailored to benefit G.E., that is the primary reason G.E. paid no taxes in 2010. According to G.E.’s 2007 regulatory filing, the company saved more than $1billion in American taxes in the three years following the enactment of GWB’s 2004 Jobs Creation Act , which is in effect to this day. G.E. has spent more than 200million lobbying over the past decade.

  40. whatIdid says:

    … too much cut and pasting to make it look like your own? Not that there’s anything wrong with that…

  41. “The main problem with Yucca Mountain is how can we safely move the spent rods from where they are to the Mountain.”

    Leaving them where they are now is probably more dangerous than moving them to Nevada. I see a reduction in danger as a win.

  42. I appreciate that do did does citation well – especially when he thinks the cut and paste will embarrass someone.

  43. drummerswidow says:

    In 1987 Congress amended the Nuclear Waste Policy Act and directed the Dept. of Energy to study only Yucca Mountain as a nuclear waste storage site. This was known in Nevada as the “Screw Nevada Bill”, when it took Hanford, WA and Deaf Smith County, TX out of the running, leaving only Yucca Mountain.

    Not just Harry Reid, but two-thirds of Nevadans oppose Yucca Mountain as a nuclear waste storage facility. They feel it is unfair to store nuclear waste in Nevada, when Nevada has no nuclear power plants.

  44. soapdodger says:

    We already have plenty of nuclear power available to us. Its called the sun, and it does not produce hazardous waste as a by-product.

    Some of you people should read up on Al Gore. Educate yourselves.

  45. Roncella says:

    The Liberals and Progressives and some dems. are twisting and bending in all directions to defend President Obama’s mistakes and mis-steps in both his domestic and foreign policies decisions.

    All they really need to do is record President Obama’s tele-prompter perfromance on Monday and get some really good answers to all theproblems he is solving and they won’t be so tied up trying to defend President Obama, V.P. Biden, Peloisi, Reid and the dems. in Congress.

  46. Roncella says:

    Soapdodger, Why don’t you try an experiment.

    Next Winter especially in Dec. & Jan. & Feb. try camping outside around Bismark No. Dakota or Fargo with just the Sun to to keep you warm.

  47. the3rdpigshouse says:

    Reminder – the ignorant electorate elected an anti-American socialist/marxist who hired his communist/socialist buddies to wreak havoc within our nation!!

    Wake up folks before the nation you are proud of ceases to exist and is replaced with another socialist cesspool experiment in social engineering!!! Get the socialist democrats out of office at all levels of government before your nation no longer exists!!!

  48. Roncella, the twisting and bending is the neocons trying to paint everything the President does or says as wrong. Even if it means disavowing positions they have supported.

  49. Roncella:

    Try reading up on solar power.

  50. I love the self-defeating, communist-socialist-marxist comments. They unequivocally point out the radicalization and underlying ignorance of their authors.
    They do take up space though. LOL!!!!

  51. soapdodger says:
    March 27, 2011 at 9:40 am
    “…the sun, and it does not produce hazardous waste as a by-product.”

    LOL… studies have shown that the sun has been linked to global warming AND radiation…

    I know… kooky.

  52. And yet, without the Sun their would be no life as we know it on this or anyother planet.

  53. “LOL… studies have shown that the sun has been linked to global warming AND radiation…

    I know… kooky.

    Get a great big umbrella and put it on the North Pole…..

    The sun on providing harmful by-products had to do with solar power. We will not eliminate the sun, but by harnessing it’s power, we can create a nearly endless power supply.

    Sadly…….. I had to explain this.

  54. “The sun not”

  55. whatIdid says:

    here’s a real knee slapper…

    Eighteen years ago, Al Gore warned that Florida’s coastal regions would one day be wiped off the map. “Because of the rising sea level, due to global warming, in the next few decades … up to 60 percent of the present population of Florida may have to be relocated,” Mr. Gore wrote in his book, “Earth in the Balance.” A peer-reviewed study published last month by the Journal of Coastal Research suggests the Sunshine State might last a while.

    “Our analyses do not indicate acceleration in sea level in U.S. tide gauge records during the 20th century,” the study’s authors concluded. “Instead, for each time period we consider, the records show small decelerations that are consistent with a number of earlier studies of worldwide-gauge records.”

    Perhaps Mr. Gore knows this. Last year, he reportedly dropped $8.9 million on a new mansion in an exclusive California neighborhood perilously close to the Pacific. With six bedrooms, six fireplaces and nine baths, Mr. Gore’s palatial ocean-view estate hardly reflects the carbon austerity he expects from everyone else. He was even caught a few years ago by the Tennessee Center for Policy Research failing to extinguish all of the lights in his larger home during “Earth Hour” in the Volunteer State.


  56. whatidid, You have to hand it to Gore. He lost the Presidency to Bush true, but he has made millions and millions with his inaccurate and dumb Movies, and books and personal appearences throughout the World.

    He has to be laughing all the way to the Bank. He has made fools of the greenies and others who actually believe his distortions and outright foolish predictions that have never been proven or have ever taken place.

  57. Gee…..and I thought this was the reason why Yucca Mountain was taken off the list of solutions:

    The formation that makes up Yucca Mountain was created by several large eruptions from a caldera volcano and is composed of alternating layers of ignimbrite (welded tuff), non-welded tuff, and semi-welded tuff. The volcanic units have been tilted along fault lines, thus forming the current ridge line called Yucca Mountain. In addition to these faults, Yucca Mountain is criss-crossed by fractures, many of which formed when the volcanic units cooled.

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