A Nuclear Plant Near You?

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    WASHINGTON — A Senate committee on Wednesday approved an energy bill that would open large tracts of the Gulf of Mexico to oil and gas drilling and provide federal loan guarantees for a gas pipeline project in Alaska

    The measure, which cleared the Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee on a 15-to-8 vote, would also require utilities to produce up to 15 percent of electricity from renewable sources like wind and solar power by 2021. That standard is somewhat weaker than one in a House energy and climate change bill that is headed for a floor vote as early as next week.

    http://www.nytimes.com/2009/06/18/us/politics/18energy.html


    PIKETON - A hunger for jobs has many in Piketon looking forward to the promise of a nuclear power plant being located on Department of Energy land.


    Although the creation of jobs - an estimated 4,000 construction and construction support positions over the next decade and 400 to 700 permanent jobs upon completion of the project - wouldn't make an immediate impact, the promise is encouraging to an area that was suffering high unemployment rates and economic problems long before the current economic recession.
    Residents react to news of plans for nuclear plant (video) | chillicothegazette.com | Chillicothe Gazette

    This is another of these issues along with healthcare that is going to generate a lot of debate in the comming months , but it's good to see that Congress is at least open to the Idea not to limit the resources of this country all in the name of "envirobusiness"
     
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    The US should have developed alternate energy sources years ago such as solar, etc. but it
    is a totally political situation with oil states lobbying hard to keep oil on top. In addition oil has been
    a cheap source when imported, much cheaper than developing it here domestically so you see where
    that went. But now our activities and needs for energy have almost surpassed or will surpass the
    supply at some finite time in the future and we all have to plan and develop new sources of energy.
    Not just us but all countries worldwide. It is a global issue now. Whether it is nuke or solar or wind,
    the public will be much more involved in future development due to the high interest in
    environmental matters since the 1970s.
     
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    Indian point is about 40 years old, NY badly needs more juice, a new nuke plant would be sweet.
     
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    There is absolutely no way we're going to become energy independant without nuclear power. Solar & wind will not do it alone. The republicans want 20 more nuclear power plants built in this country over the next 20 years.

    However, we have a President who has been against nuclear power, is still against nuclear power--& only states he is for it--when he is in front of a campaign group. He is also against drilling off shore for oil & natural gas. He has the mistaken belief that we can--provide all our electricity needs through wind & solar. "The proof of this--there wasn't one single penny in the 787 Billion dollar stimulus bill that was for nuclear power plant construction." Democrats are against it.

    The country of France is 80% powered by nuclear power.
     
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    Now this is just an opinion, but I think that for the most part people see that our nations need for foreign oil has hurt this nation greatly. While it's important to develop Solar and Wind, all forms of technology that help make our country energy independent I'm for, that includes, nuclear, wind,solar, bio-mass, coal, etc.. It seems to me that we can develop some of these technolgies to make them less harmful to the environment. In some cases, some of them are portrayed as bad when the exact oppisite is true as with nuclear. It would seem to me that if this nation were not financing Middle Eastern nations that were not so friendly to us with oil dollars to purchase weapons, then they would have little resources to do so. Secondly, our need to protect those resources would diminish because this nation would not need them leading to a smaller commitment of US Military involvement in the region. Still other bonuses associated with developing our own resources are the economic ones , as they include, jobs, technology and so on. So what stops the nation from developing ALL its resources, like nuclear, oil, oil shale, the environmental lobby? If so is this not counter productive to this nation?
     
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    The largest nuclear power plant ever built was started in Hartsville, TN, but was stopped when TVA decided they did not need the extra power, but in hind-site it appears they might have been mistaken.

    TVA acquired 1,940 acres (about 785 hectares) of land in Trousdale and Smith Counties, Tennessee, in the late 1960s and early 1970s as a site on which to construct a nuclear power plant. The site is located on the Cumberland River on the north shore of Old Hickory Reservoir at approximately river mile 285. The town of Hartsville is about five miles (eight kilometers) northwest of the site, and Nashville is about 40 miles (about 64 kilometers) southwest.
     
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    The current largest nuclear power plant is in Arizona, just west of Phoenix.
    It's called the Palo Verde Nuclear Generating Station and is run by a consortium of companies such as Arizona Public Service, Salt River Project, and corp. from California and a couple others.
     
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    What private insurance company is going to insure these nuclear plants?

    None?

    Why not?
     
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    I don't know anything about who insures these guys since they are privately owned by
    consortiums but regulated by the Dept of Energy. It's one of those wacky public/private
    partnerships.
     
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    More nuclear power plants?

    Sweet. Sign me up.
     

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