December 4, 2013

Maine Voices: Nuclear power the only real alternative to plants that emit carbon dioxide

Solar and wind can never generate close to what we get from coal, natural gas and other combustibles.

By John Parker of Falmouth

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John Parker is a resident of Falmouth.

As well, look at the French, who have been much smarter about nuclear power than we have been. They generate well over 50 percent of their power with nuclear plants and have never had a significant problem. Moreover, they recycle their waste, with the net result that they reduce their volume of waste by 90 percent.

The result of our president’s move is that hundreds of rods are stored at the various plants, both active and inactive, at a cost of millions of dollars each year at each location. The only reason I can imagine for Obama’s move was politics.

And I believe it’s politics that’s keeping us from reactivating nuclear construction as our energy source of choice. (There are actually a few plants currently under construction.) Surely many members of Congress recognize the wisdom of nuclear power. But so many people are so fanatical about the issue that they dare not suggest it.

So, if you are one of the fanatics, I urge you to reconsider the issue in a rational manner. We should all promote the only source of power that has no environmental impact and will have enough capacity to start closing down carbon-burning plants. We have many years of total success, our technology and know-how have come a long way since the construction of Three Mile Island, and the blatant errors in Ukraine and Japan can easily be avoided.

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