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Nuclear Power is inefficient

May 19, 2011 in Nuclear

And it is not like we haven’t had more efficient replacements for at least 20 years: solar and wind

The lasting product of nuclear power is not electricity but nuclear waste. In a sense, it can be considered as a large example of greed.  While the current generation will benefit with electricity (37%), future generations will only have the by product–nuclear waste (67%) to deal with.  This is wrong.

Nuclear power plants are dangerous and a hugely inefficient way to produce electricity.  Some have likened its efficiency to using a cannon to ring a door bell. It production is divided 37% for electricity and 67% for nuclear waste that subsequent generations will have to babysit for generations.

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    Homer Simpson Mentality Best Describes Management of USA Nuclear Plants

    May 12, 2011 in Nuclear

    You know, boys, a nuclear reactor is a lot like a woman. You just have to read the manual and press the right buttons. – Homer Simpson

    Like Springfield resident, Homer Simpson,–beer-guzzling, donut-popping, nuclear-power-plant safety inspector,  they never learn from their mistakes: Thirty-six years after a devastating cable fire at the plant prompted the NRC to adopt tough new fire rules, Browns Ferry still doesn’t comply with the requirements to protect cables.

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    EDITOR’S NOTE FROM A PRO-PUBLICA PIECE TODAY ON THREAT POSED BY FIRE TO NUCLEAR POWER PLANTS.

    Today’s publication of our story on the threat posed by fire to nuclear power plantsoffers readers a rare opportunity. Two excellent journalists, working independently of each other, have produced a detailed investigative story on the same subject.

    Susan Q. Stranahan, a former Philadelphia Inquirer reporter working for the Center for Public Integrity, and John Sullivan, a former New York Times reporter working for ProPublica, both conclude that regulators are not doing enough to safeguard the plants against fire.

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    If you think that I’m kidding with the part about “never learning from their mistakes”, then read the following from the Queen’s archives:

    The Nuclear Spin Masters have Begun their Spinning in the USA

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      Nuclear Power: TOO RISKY, END OF STORY

      April 14, 2011 in Nuclear

      Nuclear Power is inherently dangerous, potentially catastrophic, and a terrible investment for our country, and the nuclear crisis in Japan is the most recent example of that troubling reality.

      More than 108 million Americans live within 50 miles of a nuclear power plant plant—of which there are 104 currently operating in United States. We’re working to make sure the government minimizes the risk from our existing nuclear power plants right away and stops construction of any new plants.

      See the U.S. PIRG  blog for the latest updates or learn more on the campaign.

      QUEEN’S COMMENTS
      And what do you think is providing Japan with its power? Wind turbines. Prior to the earthquakes the “common wisdom: was that they would fall down. They survived. The nuclear power plants did not. The added plus is that even if the wind turbines had tumbled by now they would be repaired and up and running again AND no one would be worrying about radiation poisoning.

      Wind turbines and solar power. The technology and the batteries to store the energy are here today and have been for at least 20 years.

      Isn’t it time we started thinking of the millions of human beings instead of the millions in the stock portfolios of a few?

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        The Nuclear Spin Masters Have Begun their Spinning in the USA

        April 13, 2011 in Nuclear

        April 13th, 2011  I’ll leave it to you to sift through the BS but you can start with an article put out today by McClatchy Newspapers–a corporate owned media syndicate.  U.S. begins to reconsider nuclear risk in light of Japan crisis

        EXCERPT:   “It is the case that the U.S. undertook significant measures after 9/11 both to improve security and to enhance the capacity for U.S. plants to cope with extreme events of all kinds. Those measures would have helped in dealing with an event like those at the Fukushima plants,” Richard Meserve, a former NRC chairman who’s now the chairman of an international nuclear safety group, said in an email.”

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        QUEEN’S COMMENTS

        They are not “reconsidering” a damn thing.  Nuclear power is on the table as a product that the Wall Street rich make millions of dollar from every year.  They are not “reconsidering” a damn thing other than how they can adjust their rhetoric to better defend the risks that they are taking with the lives of all the people on  this planet.

        As for the excerpt above from the article, it is nothing less than the purest of bullshit.  If the U.S. “undertook significant measures after 9/11 to improve Security. . .” they certainly overlook Pantex:

        True, Pantex is not a nuclear power plant.  It is something even worse.  It is a place in Amarillo Texas where they disassemble nuclear war heads.

        DOES THIS LOOK LIKE “UNDERTOOK SIGNIFICANT MEASURES AFTER 9/11 TO IMPROVE SECURITY ” TO YOU?

        GO TO THIS PAGE FROM PROJECT ON GOVERNMENT OVERSIGHT AND SEE WHAT YOU THINK.

        This is just page 1 of the reports:

        1. Group: Pantex guards using improperly equipped grenade launchers

        (Web Page; Tue Dec 29 15:22:00 CST 2009)

        2. Pantex

        (Web Page; Tue Dec 29 15:05:00 CST 2009)

        3. Pantex boss calls safety warning false

        (Web Page; Tue Dec 29 15:32:00 CST 2009)

        4. Group: ‘Near miss’ at Pantex could have set off nuke

        (Web Page; Tue Dec 29 15:32:00 CST 2009)

        5. Nuke Weapons Site Deploys Grenade Launcher

        (Web Page; Tue Dec 29 15:07:00 CST 2009)

        According to a draft Department of Energy Inspector General (DOE IG) report released today, the contractor managing Pantex nuclear weapons plant has required security officers to use a powerful military grenade launcher at night without …

        6. POGO letter to DOE Secretary Bodman regarding serious safety problems at Pantex, a nuclear weapons assembly facility

        (Web Page; Tue Dec 29 15:15:00 CST 2009)

        Honorable Samuel BodmanSecretary of EnergyDepartment of Energy1000 Independence Ave., SW Washington, DC 20585Via Facsimile: (202) 586-4403Dear Secretary Bodman:In November 2006, the Project On Government Oversight received the attached a…

        7. POGO’s letter to Secretary Bodman regarding the security implications of the Pantex Nuclear Weapons Facility strike

        (Web Page; Tue Dec 29 15:15:00 CST 2009)

        Secretary Samuel W. BodmanU.S. Department of Energy1000 Independence Ave., SWWashington, DC 20585Dear Secretary Bodman:You recently testified that security at the nuclear weapons facilities is a top priority in the department. POGO agree…

        8. Experts fear nuclear facility is lax on safety; Conditions at the Pantex weapons plant draw federal scrutiny

        (Web Page; Tue Dec 29 15:33:00 CST 2009)

        9. DOE Deputy Administrator for Defense Programs Thomas D’Agostino’s response concerning Pantex safety problems

        (Web Page; Tue Dec 29 15:44:00 CST 2009)

        10. Texas Nuclear Weapon Facility Under Scrutiny

        (Web Page; Tue Dec 29 15:32:00 CST 2009)

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          We are all touched by the same winds and our planet hangs in the balance

          April 9, 2011 in Japan Disaster, Nuclear, War in Iraq

          And most of us rarely consider it.

          The carelessness of the business leaders of one island in the Pacific and their willingness to risk the lives of their own citizens have put us all at risk.

          But if you think that the business leaders and the rich have learned any lessons from Japan, I think you are wrong.  I think that they will do it again and again and again until we replace them with people who do not stand to profit from Wall Streets unbridled insanity that they call the “free” market.

          The wind of what Japan has done will bring its evil fruits to all four corners of the world just as the wind of what we have done in Iraq is bringing those evil fruits to all four corners of the world.

          Please pass this on to any neighbor you may have who believes the nonsense that fighting wars on other nation’s soil keep it out of the USA.

          Often that is the reason that war mongers and profiteers give for “pre-emptive” attacks on other nations, but that is a lie–conventional misinformation carried over from the last century.  It’s a small world we live in and it’s getting smaller.

          For these weapons have released deadly, carcinogenic and mutagenic, radioactive particles in such abundance that-whipped up by sandstorms and carried on trade winds – there is no corner of the globe they cannot penetrate. For the wind has no boundaries and time is on their side: the radioactivity persists for over 4,500,000,000 years and can cause cancer, leukemia, brain damage, kidney failure, and extreme birth defects – killing millions of every age for centuries to come. A crime against humanity which may, in the eyes of historians, rank with the worst atrocities of all time. SOURCE

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            NO PLACE ON THE PLANET IS A SAFE PLACE TO STORE NUCLEAR WASTE

            March 29, 2011 in Nuclear

            AND THAT IS THE BIGGEST PROBLEM WITH THE NUCLEAR POWER STORY.

            It is absolutely absurd that every person in the USA is not supplying their own energy at their own home.  We have had the solar technology capability for this for at least as long as we have have the nuclear technology.

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            It is absolutely absurd that a country with such a geophysical history as that of Japan or California in the USA is allowed by world standards to even have a single nuclear power plant EVER.  Already this week Japan had another 6.0 quake and they will continue to have earthquakes as they have always had earthquakes and so will California.

            Earthquakes Occur in Just about every country in the world and in every state in the Union

            For example, there is a whole “lotta” shaking going on in the state of Texas and yet few residents likely are even aware of it.  And many of them would be the first to tell you that they would not live in California because of earthquakes.  And our governor Rick Perry and the Texas legislature either don’t know about it either or they don’t give a damn (more likely) because they recently approved a license for Dallas billionaire Harold Simmons to build a nuclear waste dump in our state.  Someone needs to ‘splain to these jackasses that the facts of life include much more than fkng people.

            Yes!  Earthquakes have the potential for occurrence and have happened in almost every state in the Union–including right here in north Texas–and not that long ago either.

            Oct 13, 2010 A 4.5-magnitude quake struck about 10 miles east of Norman, Okla., at 9:06 a.m., according to the U.S. Geological Survey.  That’s about 170 miles from Dallas.

            July 7, 2009 a minor 3.3 quake rattled North Texas. In fact, in July of 2009 no less than 6 earthquakes rattled residents of North Texas.

            Nov 3 2008 a 3.0 quake rattled North Texas.

            May 16, 2009 Hurst/Euless/Bedford Texas near the DFW airport recorded a 3.3 quake.

            May 17, 2009 a 3.3 quake hits Arlington Texas A minor earthquake centered in north Arlington shook residents as far away as Grapevine late Saturday morning, but no damage or injuries were reported.The earthquake registered a magnitude of 3.3, according to the U.S. Geological Survey.

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              If I were Queen, I would begin with the shutdown of these two USA nuclear plants.

              March 27, 2011 in Nuclear

              It is ridiculous that after at least 30 years of having the solar technology to accomplish it that at least 90% of all Americans are still not off a commercial grid and generating their own electricity for their personal needs.  THE ONLY REASON THIS HAS NOT HAPPENED IS BECAUSE THE RICH CANNOT MAKE ENOUGH MONEY OFF SUCH A SYSTEM TO SATISFY THEIR GREED.

              My #1 nuclear plant to shut down would be the Oyster Creek Nuclear Power plant which is the oldest in the U.S. –in operation since 1969.  The plant, 60 miles east of Philadelphia and 75 miles south of New York City, is in New Jersey very near the Jersey Shores.  Its corporate owner, electricity company Exelon said Wednesday (March 23) that it will be closing the plant in 2019–10 years earlier than planned. NOT GOOD ENOUGH FOR ME.

              My #2 nuclear plant to shut down would be the Brunswick NC Nuclear Plant. This plant has been in operation for 35 years. It is completely surrounded by wetlands and in fact is likely to be built directly on wetlands.  I’m not certain about that part, but I believe it is.

              Brunswick Nuclear Plant


              Progress Energy’s 2 unit Brunswick Nuclear Plant is located west of the Cape Fear River, near Southport, North Carolina. Each unit has a General Electric Boiling Water Reactor with generator rated at 821 MWe. Brunswick is located on a 1200 acre site. The intake canal is 2-1/2 miles long. The discharge canal is 5-1/2 miles long and discharges 2000 feet offshore into the Atlantic Ocean. Commercial operation started for the two Brunswick units for Unit 1 – 1977; Unit 2 – 1975 .

              Courtesy CP&L

              In the photo, the Reactor Buildings are the taller buildings near the center; the Turbine Buildings are to the left. The tall stack to the right is used to exhaust gases from the offgas system, which controls the discharges from the plant’s air ejector system

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                re-post: Would you want any of these men in charge of a facility that disarms nuclear warheads?

                March 27, 2011 in Nuclear

                Re-post of one of the variations of my article that I’ve been re-posting for almost two years now.  I thought that perhaps with all the attention that Japan is getting that perhaps people might actually read this one. Note:  on my Emmaberry.org blog I did get some responses from people who may work at the plant. LOL.    I responded to them and then closed the post for responses because they were spamming me.  I didn’t realize at the time that when I closed the ability for them to respond that I also deleted  their comments and my responses.  Computer geekness is not my strong suit. Suffice it to say that these people were clueless regarding the potential for disaster that place poses to the nation.

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                If you follow the adventures of Homer Simpson you realize that Homer has been responsible for many near mishaps at the nuclear power plant where he has worked for several years, but his mishaps are peanuts compared to the real one that happened on Governor Rick Perry’s watch in early March of 2005 at the Pantex facility in Amarillo Texas.  Fortunately for Perry, his mentor, George Bush, was president of the United States and so the near meltdown at the facility (which would likely have blown half of the USA off the map and rendered the rest unfit for human habitation for generations) was kept secret from the American public for almost two years. It was made public in December of 2006 over Congress’s Christmas break.

                The Pantex facility in Amarillo, Texas is the only one of its kind in the nation. The work that is done at this facility is the disarmament of nuclear warheads.  In March of 2005, in March of 2005 while disassembling a W-56 war head with a yield of 1,200 kilotons–about 100 times the power of the 15 kiloton bomb dropped on Hiroshima– there was a near-miss took place–a near miss that would have literally blown up most of our nation [Certainly Texas, Oklahoma, Colorado, New Mexico, Arkansas and Louisiana].  Most of us would have been dead in hours and most of the rest of the USA would have been rendered unfit for human habitation for generations (taking into account the amount of plutonium stored in pits at the Pantex facility along with the warhead itself and the resulting nuclear chain reactions). It conceivably could have begun another ice age for the entire planet.

                Yeah, that’s another “Homer Simpson”  “cost saving” measure taken at the Pantex plant. They store the plutonium from the disassembled warheads on site. Thus, any accidental detonation of a warhead would result in a chain reaction explosion larger than any the world has ever seen. We really don’t know its full potential. It could possibly result in a new ice age for the entire world.

                As for security at this place? Like the entire infrastructure of our nation which has been neglected for the past 30 years so we can give billions of dollars in tax breaks to the upper 2% and fund wars for Corporate War profiteers like GE and thus enhance the stock portfolios of our elected officials in Washington—the infrastructure (not unlike the levees in Louisiana) is also crumbling at Pantex, the only facility of its kind in the USA where nuclear warheads are disassembled. In January of 2010 because of the broken down fence around this facility, some duck hunters wandered on the property by accident. They set off an alarm at the plant that resulted in a plant shut-down of several hours until they figured out what happened.

                The good news is that the alarm system was still working—but for how long? The bad news is the condition of the fence and the fact that it took the “intelligence” at the plant hours to figure out what happened. And speaking of “terrorist” attacks and “intelligence”. We should know by now that we have more to fear from white, home-grown terrorists like Timothy McVeigh than we have to fear from foreign terrorists.

                David Grisham a fundamentalist Christian who burns Korans and harasses the citizens of Amarillo though a militant Christian Group called “Repent Amarillo” is a guard at the plant.

                At Pantex, located outside of Amarillo Texas, they have David Grisham working there as a guard. Grisham is a leader of a militant Christian evangelical group who wear military fatigues and aggressively harass Amarillo citizens who do not agree with their narrow either/or, my ignorant way or the highway mentality. In the fall of 2010, Grisham attempted to burn a Koran in a public park.

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