"And conservatives have some Pavlovian love of nuclear power that causes
them to suddenly listen to scientists that they usually have no respect
for."Actually, it's a love of things that make sense. This
is an interesting development because it indicates something about the motives
of the four. Many environmentalists appear to simply want modern technology and
lifestyles to go away; that is, they complain about everything but never provide
alternatives or do a cost-benefit analysis. It's heartening to hear that
these four really do want civilization to continue.It's
disheartening, however, to hear "nuclear power is too expensive" from
the Luddites. Nuclear power is currently a good idea. If the cost of litigation
and excessive regulation were to be removed, nuclear power becomes a great idea.
Seriously, more people have been killed by ladders and buckets than nuclear
power plants, and that's not counting premature deaths averted because
nuclear power plants don't produce air pollution.
For decades, we've been told of rising oceans, and coastal flooding.Not happening!How many times do these politicians think, we
the people are going to be fooled?Find another excuse to raise our
As if the scientists will have any better luck dealing with the parochial
lawyers that are found in environmental groups. If the scientists
want to be heard (and understood) by these groups, one of the proven ways is to
give them a sizeable grant of $$ for a cool study. That said,
nuclear power can play a big part in the energy future of Utah and the US. It
has much to offer. And technology has continued to improve for plant design and
disposal of the rods. Look what the French have done.
And conservatives have some Pavlovian love of nuclear power that causes them to
suddenly listen to scientists that they usually have no respect for.
Environmentalists tend to quote scientists unless those same scientists
contradict the non-scientific dogma of No Nukes. The consequences of global
warming out weigh the risks connected with nuclear power. It is similar to the
risk reward ration of immunizations. There are risks associated with
immunization, but the benefits are heavily weighted in favor of those who
immunize. The costs of nuclear power could be reduced significantly if
obstructionist legal challenges by environmentalists were eliminated.