House leaders seek political points in Yucca fight

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  • Sensible Scientist Rexburg, ID
    May 4, 2011 11:37 a.m.

    Perhaps if My 2 Cents would do just an hour of research, s/he would discover the credibility of the scientists and engineers that studied Yucca Mountain and the high caliber of work done there. They were from Lawrence Berkeley, Livermore, Sandia, and Los Alamos National Laboratories, the U.S. Geological Survey, and a host of top-notch private companies. They included some of the best possible experts.

    Harry Reid and the Obama administration cannot cite any credible science to justify closing Yucca Mountain. Period. It was all done for political reasons, mainly for Harry Reid to keep being re-elected. All credible science and engineering studies support Yucca Mountain as a high-level nuclear waste repository. There is no credible scientific reason it should not be re-opened and completed.

    Transportation of radioactive materials already has an impressive 60 year history -- it's really not much of an issue.

  • My2Cents Kearns, UT
    May 4, 2011 5:49 a.m.

    This is a very ill conceived idea by people who have no idea of what they are doing or exposing this and the nation to. Since this part of Nevada went through decades of atomic testing and bomb blasts it seems a natural choice to store the waste but this is the wrong idea. The area by its past use and 50,000 years of half life radiation contamination are the very reason not to even go there.

    My question is whether nuclear reactors are really a cheap power source? It is not self sufficient and is government subsidized to remain in operation then there is the eternal problem of 50,000 years to sacrifice hundreds of square miles of farm land and lives to keep it in operation.

    Launching it in space doesn't seem a cost effective alternative so what are we willing to sacrifice?

    Perhaps we need a moratorium on new power production and better controls to stop building power dependent development. We have become too dependent on electricity that is created by the oil dependence. This country has reached the point of its continued demise so we should concentrate on saving the nation from destruction.