Barrow's Pro-Nuclear Stance
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Hey all.

Just wanted to point out a recent excerpt in the New York Times that mentions our Congressman, John Barrow. He apparently sent a letter to the Nuclear Regulatory Commission saying that a proposed safety filter “is not justified on a cost-benefit basis,” and suggested that the commissions should “achieve the regulatory goal in the safest, most effective, and least costly manner." The article also points out that Southern Company, which owns plant Vogtle and is building a new reactor, is his largest contributor.

The article can be found here: http://www.nytimes.com/2013/02/27/business/energy-environment/a-divisive-debate-on-need-for-more-nuclear-safeguards.html?pagewanted=1&_r=0&hpw&gwh=922E8892527481B9DE158F5C08140303

I know nuclear power is a touchy subject to people, but I thought it was worth sharing one thing he is up to in Washington. Personally, I don't know anything about the newly proposed safety equipment and I have not spent much time looking at the new reactor design, so I have no valid opinion about the new reactor or what safety features it should or should not have.

Still, sure wish they would do an earthquake risk analysis on Plant Vogtle since it sits at the edge of a fault line. I know the risk is very low, but it sure would be better to be prepared for the wrost than not, and, it would be much less expensive to do relative to all the safety equipment they're proposing. It was in 1886 when Charleston got rocked by a 7.6 magnitude quake, but with risks so big, a dozen decades is only beginning of the timescale you need to consider when talking about nuclear risk and safety.


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theflyonthewall commented on Tuesday, Feb 26, 2013 at 21:15 PM

Nuclear power, at least nuclear power generated through nuclear fission , is a technological deadend and a very dangerous way to boil water.

Bryant commented on Thursday, Feb 28, 2013 at 19:38 PM

Someone seems to be removing my comments? I'm not that smart so I obviously cannot be endangering the future of mankind through blog responses (or, perhaps I imagined responding).

But, to repeat, but it's a heck of a way to provide efficient, clean electricity. If we could just deal with those pesky fuel rods.

theflyonthewall commented on Thursday, Feb 28, 2013 at 21:35 PM

Bryant, Look outside.Do you see the two guys with crew cuts wearing sunglasses and cheap suits? They just got a parabolic microphone out of that black Crown Vic.

Bryant commented on Friday, Mar 01, 2013 at 11:29 AM

I'll use sign language from now on.

22 commented on Friday, Mar 01, 2013 at 12:21 PM

Dont forget what happens when the water starts to boil. Steam Power! Nuclear power is the best thing going when it comes to genarating massive amonts of energy. Heck thats all Iran wants..

Charles_and_Angie_Howell commented on Friday, Mar 01, 2013 at 12:35 PM

22, Charlie.

If you choose to believe that's all Iran wants, then good for you.

I am more skeptical than that. Why would such an oil rich nation choose to use a competing energy source? Usually nations who develop nuclear power plants need to supplement a massive power grid, or they have no natural resources of their own to draw upon. Iran does not have a massive power grid and they have ample natural resources.

22 commented on Friday, Mar 01, 2013 at 13:15 PM

One reason might be that nuclear power is a great clean energy source far better than any oil. With all the enviromental laws hindering Iran these days.

Charles_and_Angie_Howell commented on Friday, Mar 01, 2013 at 13:21 PM

What environment laws hinder Iran?

Based on my (limited) knowledge of Iran, I suspect a person caught violating pollution laws (if there are any) would be lightly punished or not punished at all.

22 commented on Friday, Mar 01, 2013 at 13:30 PM

If Iran does not have environment laws then the USA should go and impose them. Maybe if we can get the people to see that this world needs environmental protection then we could have the right cause to fight the radical Iranian government.

Charles_and_Angie_Howell commented on Friday, Mar 01, 2013 at 13:35 PM

I just gave your last comment 15 seconds of attention, because I needed to read it twice to be sure I understood the lunacy.

I gave it 13 seconds more attention than it deserved.

That's just stupid....

22 commented on Friday, Mar 01, 2013 at 13:40 PM

I'll take the 2 seconds and rase you another 13. Its about as stupid as allowing them to have nuclear power.


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