Friday, February 19, 2010

American Thinker: Barack's Bi-Polar Nuclear Policy

This is an interesting article.

Some folks believe that Obama is using this call for new Nuclear plants as a ruse to lure in some independents and moderate republicans who have all but abandoned him completely. The new building of these new facilities will add thousands of jobs and take many years to build but once they are near completion we will find out that they will never be licensed or brought online due to massive amounts of government red-tape and of course the radical environmental lobby groups who are dead set against nuclear power. In fact Obama himself has said in the past he was NOT a proponent of nuclear power. If this is true it will be another colossal waste of government money and just more of the same dirty politics we have come to expect from Washington.

American Thinker: Barack's Bi-Polar Nuclear Policy

February 19, 2010

Barack's Bi-Polar Nuclear Policy

By John Leonard
President Barack Obama recently took drastic steps forward to carry through on his campaign promise to close the Yucca Mountain nuclear waste facility before it ever opens for business. His Department of Energy (DOE) successfully petitioned judges hearing license requests for the dump site to cancel the hearings. The final step in Obama's effort to kill the project for good will be to completely withdraw the DOE application for Yucca Mountain.

Yucca Mountain has been designed as a specialized storage center to keep nuclear waste safely contained in an underground facility deep inside a mountain, long after the material is believed safe and no longer radioactive. The storage center is on a military base almost one hundred miles from civilization (and that's Las Vegas, for what it's worth), in the middle of the Nevada desert.

It may sound like the Yucca Mountain site is in the middle of nowhere. Actually, it's under the middle of nowhere.

Interestingly, the actions of Obama's DOE are in defiance of the Nuclear Waste Policy Act, which a bipartisan Congress overwhelmingly approved in 2002.

Gilles Whittel, reporting for the Times (U.K.) online, wrote the following about the Yucca mountain facility:

About $9 billion (£5.6 billion) was spent on the first phase of concrete tunnels and chambers designed to keep waste safe for at least a million years.[my emphasis] A 5 mile (8km) U-shaped tunnel was bored into the side of the extinct volcano, which is inside the Nevada nuclear test site.

Closing Yucca Mountain will leave 130,000 metric tons of nuclear waste stranded at 131 different sites spread across 39 states. The federal government will be at risk of breach-of-contract lawsuits for breaking agreements with utility companies. Some estimates indicate the potential for the Obama DOE could incur more than 50 billion dollars of legal liability in the case. [Hat tip: Nye County YMIC]

That is the biggest drawback to Obama's bright new idea for creating green power, which is to add two new nuclear reactors in rural Burke County, Georgia. What will we do with the nuclear waste produced by these new reactors? And for that matter, what about the waste from the current reactors in Tennessee and South Carolina?

One may be wondering how critical the problem of storing nuclear waste has become. According to an article on, "Currently, 70,000 tons of radioactive waste are stored at more than 100 nuclear sites around the country, and 2,000 tons are added every year."

How is all this stuff being stored today? Expended nuclear waste is typically kept in special canisters stored above ground and constructed of concrete, steel, and lead at the reactor's plants, which generate them as a temporary solution. The Nuclear Regulatory Commission has certified the expected lifespan of these containers to be ninety years, though how that number was determined is unclear. Nuclear energy didn't exist ninety years ago, and therefore nuclear waste hasn't been kept in one of these containers for ninety years to test the theory.

The rub lies in a fact that CNN also reported: "After uranium has been used in a reactor, the spent fuel remains radioactive for thousands of years."

Okay, so our means of storage is good for ninety years, but the threat from this radioactive material could last for two thousand or more. I'm not a nuclear scientist, but that doesn't sound like a viable long-term solution to me.

Harry Reid chimed in on the debate and said, "Leave it on-site where it is. You don't have to worry about transporting it. [Not transporting nuclear waste s]aves the country billions and billions of dollars."

Harry, I never claimed to be a math whiz, but the numbers just don't seem to add up. It might save a few dollars in transportation costs over the short term, but what happens in thirty or forty years when these temporary above-ground containers expire?

Why would Obama close the only viable answer to long-term storage of nuclear waste while he simultaneously calls for additional nuclear power plants? One reason, though not a very good one, is that he made closing Yucca Mountain a campaign issue. Another would be his obligations to radical environmental groups opposed to the facility. As for rational reasons, I'm still trying to think of one.

Thursday, February 18, 2010

America on the Brink!

We are living in unprecedented times. Our political class has failed us, no let me re-phrase that. They have lied, cheated, robbed, and molested us all the while enriching themselves. Most of them should be in jail for what they have done to the country and to us, the citizens of this great nation.

Let’s face it folks, America is BANKRUPT! We owe more money than we can ever pay. If you add up all the un-funded liability of America’s social programs and the debt we have accumulated over the past several years it is well over 100 TRILLION dollars. Yes, it is true. However the politicians still refuse to stop spending money we don’t have and cut the programs that got us in this mess. I’m not here to blame one party or the other, they are both guilty of this malfeasance but I will say the party in power at this moment is the worst I have seen in my nearly 50 years on the planet.

With all that said here is where we are today. There is a movement in America called the Tea Party movement. Although it has been impugned by the so called Main Stream Media, which if you have not noticed lately is no longer main stream, it is a movement of grass roots people. Regular folks like you and me who love America and want to see her restored to her former glory. We have awakened from a long slumber and we don’t like what we see around us today. For far too long politicians have been allowed to run roughshod over us and it is time to take America back.

This is just the beginning, we have allot of work to do. I will be writing more on this in days and weeks to come. For now I just want to encourage each and every one of you to get involved in some way. Try to spend some time, if only and hour or two a week, getting informed and preparing yourself for what is to come. Like I said earlier America is BANKRUPT! We will have to suffer some dire consequences before we can re-right this sinking ship. We may crash before we can rebuild so be ready for the worst. Prepare yourselves for a rough ride in the next few years.

Start by reading our history. Read about the original Tea Party movement and what lead up to the Revolutionary War. You will see many parallels in how we are being treated by our leaders today and how England treated the colonists. We The People will have to take our country back from the crooks in Washington, they will not give up their power easily. Knowledge is power and history repeats itself. We can learn what is to come by knowing what has happened in the past.

Peace through preparedness!

JD Pearce ~ Patriot