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  •  The signals we've been getting lately (4+ / 0-)
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    on the energy front are not encouraging to say the least.  Looks as if Obama is gong to continue to go down the "all of the above" strategy.  I really hate to see the reemergence of nuclear.  A program similar to the Sierra Club's Beyond Coal campaign needs to begin to systematically shut them down IMHO.  There was a great article in the Economist that documented in detail the physical and psychological toll the meltdowns at Fukushima have had on those still living around the nuclear facilities.  

    I keep trying to maintain my optimism in the face of this bad news we're getting.  It is critical we get energy sanity leadership from this administration now!  I'm afraid the SOTU speech is looking like plain old fashioned 1984 double speak.  

    Thanks for the excellent posts you've been doing!  

    If we really want to straighten out all this crap we really need to think about shit - Holy Shit.

    by John Crapper on Mon Mar 04, 2013 at 08:31:51 AM PST

    •  The lessons of Fukushima (1+ / 0-)
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      are that catastrophes can happen even when facilities are well designed. Climate change will make siting of nuclear generators much more challenging. Fukushima shows that siting near coasts susceptible to storm surge would be a serious mistake. Ditto for flood prone areas. And siting in arid conditions is difficult because of water cooling demands. Ugh...

      Be radical in your compassion.

      by DWG on Mon Mar 04, 2013 at 08:44:06 AM PST

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    •  It won't happen, I'm betting (0+ / 0-)

      The cost is prohibitive.

      The Atlanta-based utility formally asked regulators to raise its budget to build two more nuclear reactors at Plant Vogtle (VOH'-gohl) by nearly $737 million to roughly $6.85 billion. Additional costs are possible. Companies designing and building the plant have sued the utility seeking $425 million for unexpected project costs, though the utility denies responsibility for those expenses.

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