The Senate Energy Committee voted yesterday to approve a “Sense of the Congress Regarding the Strategic Role of Nuclear Energy.” But local critics of nuclear power say it is more non-sense than sense; and it could lay the groundwork to turn Illinois into a de facto high-level radioactive waste (HLRW) storage dump for the region.
There is nothing sensible about this vote. We have written Senators Durbin and Burris asking them to reject this document – which could turn Illinois into the de facto Yucca Mt. of the Great Lakes.
The Obama Adminstration decision to terminate funding for the proposed high-level radioactive waste disposal facility at Yucca Mt. NV has both ended the waste of money and time that continuing Yucca would have represented; but also has left the nation with no immediate prospects for a long-term disposal solution in site. NEIS has maintained that Yucca Mt. mountain should have been shut about 10 years and $8 billion ago.
Tribune commentator Dennis Byrne has seized upon this Administration decision as an opportunity to politically attack President Obama and the two Democratic Senators from Illinois who so far have not objected to the Administration decision. The Tribune itself has a long history of supporting the ill-conceived and highly flawed Yucca project.
In the debate about what we should do about global warming, the Public is frequently given the false and disingenuous choice between continuing with some form of coal – or nuclear power. Renewable energy is marginalized and not discussed. Misleading statements about environmentalists reconsidering the use of nuclear power abound.
What has NOT received sufficient coverage in the media is that we currently possess a great deal of the technological know-how needed to begin creating an energy future that will be BOTH carbon free, and nuclear free — and by the year 2050 according to today’s guest.
Dr. Arjun Makhijani, President of the Inst. for Energy and Envirnmental Research in Takoma Park MD, has fleshed out the details to this enormously important roadmap for a sane, sustainable and environmentally responsible US energy policy.
NEIS’ “You Can’t ‘Nuke’ Global Warming” Program is designed to remove 1,000,000 pounds of CO2 from the atmosphere by December 31st; and to teach people why nuclear power is not an option in the fight against global warming and adverse climate change. One of the tools we are using to accomplish this result is the Low-Carb(on) Diet. We have worked with over 30 people to date in our training sessions; approximately 250 households would be required for NEIS to reach its CO2 goal by the end of the year.
The program is an interview of GNEP/reprocessing activists Aileen Mioko Smith of Green Action (an anti-reprocessing group in Kyoto, Japan); and of Shaun Burnie, an independent consultant from Scotland formerly with Greenpeace International. DVD copies of the program are available on request from NEIS for a nominal handling/production fee.
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