[ RadSafe ] "Do Not Read This If You Are Anti-Nuclear Energy"

BLHamrick at aol.com BLHamrick at aol.com
Sun Dec 2 14:08:41 CST 2007

There are no new license applications in California.  The point,  however, 
was to say that, indeed, anti-nuclear activists have an impact, and it  can be 
very substantial.  I think it is incorrect to state, as you  did:
" I see a constant nit-picking effort that is perceived to have influence  
beyond its real influence. (Most of the crying about anti-nuclear influence is  
on list like this.)"
There is a very real and substantial influence.
And, while it's true that laws can change.  When the lawmakers receive  most 
of their information from the anti-nuclear community, that obviously  
influences the direction of the change.  They are extremely vocal, and  dedicated to a 
single cause.  Although the nuclear industry may (and does)  provide a 
contravening opinion, they are viewed as "the bad guys," and rare is  the politician 
that has the appropriate knowledge to  adequately evaluate the information, 
so they go with "the good  guys."   
And, at this time, California does purchase approximately 22% of its power  
from out-of-state.  Frankly, and this is just my opinion, other states  should 
be charging Californians an additional premium on the power imported to  us 
because California doesn't appear willing to accept the costs of adequate  
in-state power generation.
In a message dated 12/2/2007 6:37:34 AM Pacific Standard Time,  
crispy_bird at yahoo.com writes:

So, why  are there many license application for nuclear
power plants?

Laws  can and changed.  Consider all the opposition to
the WIPP in New  Mexico.  

If Californians are not willing to build nuclear  power
plants (and I assume coal due to pollution concerns),
then they  should be willing to pay for electrical
power from other  states.   Economics and technology
are the driving  forces.


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