Friday, August 31, 2012

Arrogant nuclear industry says our lights will go off if we ditch them


There’s something depraved and a little too self-serving about a report from the nuclear industry that if you don’t keep their unsafe nuclear plants you’re lights are going to go off.

Report: Closing nuclear plants on Hudson River could cause NYC outages BUCHANAN, N.Y. (AP) — The operators of the state’s electric grid are warning that closing the two Indian Point nuclear power reactors in Westchester County could result in blackouts. The New York Independent System Operator, or NYISO, says in a draft report that closing Indian Point would leave New York’s electric grid “degraded” on summer days and other times when the system is under stress. The report, which will be released this fall, is intended to advise the power industry about New York’s energy needs. (August 27, 2012)

How about we remove an industry that is being moved out of German and Japan because of the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear disaster and a long history of ‘errors’, and inability to get rid of their waste safely and instead redouble our efforts at renewable energy like solar and wind and ramp up energy conservation, update our energy grid with a smart grid, and improve energy efficiency?

Unlike the Fracking industry in New York State, which is at this moment still under a moratorium, the nuclear energy business has already got their nose into our tent and it’s going to be very difficult to remove them –no matter how lousy their safety and performance record is.

But to have the media characterize this nuclear report only as a threat to our energy supply by an industry attempting to hold us hostage to the dangers of nuclear energy, without reminding us of the other choices, better choices we could make on energy, is galling. Germany and Japan are going to kick the nuclear industry out and keep their lights on, so can we.

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