By Alan Caruba

It was good news that the Nuclear Regulatory Commission approved the nation’s first nuclear power plants on February 9th, clearing the way for the construction of two reactors by Southern Company at its Plant Vogtle site near Atlanta, Georgia. The bad news is that these are the first new nuclear plants since 1978!

In a nation with a growing population and increasing need for electricity to power homes and businesses, it is nothing less than insane to not include nuclear energy in the mix of providers. Environmentalists immediately attacked the announcement using the usual scare campaigns.

Equally insane is the failure to provide the means to safely store the radioactive materials that result. Highly contested by environmentalists, the Nevada-based Yucca Mountain deep geological repository storage facility for spent reactor fuel was cancelled in 2009. Nevada’s Senator Harry Reid, Majority Leader in the Senate, played a major role in this disgraceful decision. The Obama administration terminated funding for the development of the site in 2011, leaving the nation with no long-term storage site.

In a similar fashion, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency has waged a long war on the provision of energy; most recently with the imposition of its Utility MACT rule on plant carbon dioxide (CO2) and mercury emissions, neither of which pose any threat. Sen. James Inhofe (R-OK), ranking member of the Senate Committee on Environment and Public Works, decried the rule as one “intended to undermine the viability of coal, one of our country’s most abundant and reliable energy sources.”

Despite having spent billions to meet the demand for upgrades of the technology to trap such emissions, coal-fired plants all over the nation are in the process of being closed as a result of the MACT rule. These “greenhouse gas” rules are baseless insofar as CO2 is not a pollutant and is vital to the growth of all vegetation on the planet. There is no proof that minor mercury emissions represent any threat to public health.

The EPA use of bogus “computer models” to support wild health claims argues for an end to this agency and the return of its responsibilities to state environmental agencies.

In January, the American Electric Reliability Corporation (NERC), the leading authority, warned that “environmental regulations are shown to be the number one risk to reliability over the next one to five years.”

The Institute for Energy Research has stated that “Beyond the 38 gigawatts of electricity capacity that has already been announced to retire, NERC estimates that another 36 to 59 gigawatts of capacity will come off-line by 2018, depending on the ‘scope and timing’ of EPA regulations. Together, nearly a quarter of our coal-fired capacity could be off-line by 2018, marking the first time in energy history that installed coal-fired capacity has declined.”

This is a threat to the viability and security of a nation that sits atop the largest deposits of coal in the world! It is a nation in which coal provides 50% of its electricity.

In a similar fashion, environmentalists, after a long propaganda war against coal, have launched an equally massive campaign against natural gas, attacking the use of “fracking”, a technology that has been safely used for the last fifty years or more to access equally vast reserves of natural gas.

Likewise the cost of automobiles has been systematically driven up by the wholly false EPA assertion that their CO2 emissions represent a threat to clean air. The imposition of a mandate to mix gasoline with ethanol has resulted in greater CO2 emissions while, at the same time, reducing the mileage of cars. In addition, the use of food crops like corn for the production of ethanol, have driven up food prices.

Anyone who has lost electricity due to a blizzard or a hurricane knows how totally dependent the nation is on reliable and affordable electricity, and knows how totally dependent they are on is provision.

The simple fact is that the present and prior administration’s EPA, the Department of Transportation, and others have been lying to Congress and the American public for years regarding their claims about air pollution and energy provision. The Interior Department just put uranium-rich acres of land off-limits to mining.

Environmental organizations and special interest groups like the American lung Association are a fifth column of enemies within the nation.

The global warming hoax—now called climate change—is on its last legs. Nations around the world that have wasted billions on the claims made for “renewable” energy, solar and wind, are pulling back from further support. The “science” behind these claims has been totally and utterly refuted.

Even the United Nations, the source of the global warming hoax, is now switching its debased claims to a new hoax based on so-called endangered species.

The loss of tens of thousands of jobs in the energy and transportation sectors, as well as energy-intensive industries, is incalculable. EPA demands and mandates are deliberately undermining the nation’s economy.

The lives and safety of Americans are under attack by environmental organizations and, if they are successful, the only outcome would be the deaths of millions here and around the world from hunger and the lack of power to turn on the lights, heat and cool homes, and power industries.

The planet is not running out of oil, coal, or natural gas. It can use more nuclear power, not less.

We are witnessing an environmental attack on American energy and, ultimately, on America.

© Alan Caruba, 2012

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Comment by james krog on February 12, 2012 at 11:49am

Maurice Strong is an excellent example of environmentalist hatred.  His remarks on his willingness to sacrifice human life for environmental causes show environmentalism's true colors.  Maurice was involved in the formulation of the Kyoto protocols. He has repeatedly stated his desire to completely dismantle western civilization and modern technological society.

Comment by Linda Sills on February 12, 2012 at 11:39am

Please Google UN Agenda 21. This outrageous organization of "new world order" clowns are on a mission to destroy all of our rights and freedoms. And they have the perfect Marxist in office (at present) to help them with this evil agenda. Look up Maurice Strong too. The people against all of this garbage are: (in part) Rosa Kiore and Tom DeWeese. 

Comment by Mike Young on February 12, 2012 at 9:51am
The people working for regulatory agencies’ only focus is to create new and more stringent rules. Have you ever heard of a rule being rescinded except by political pressure? Could their science be so good they never make a mistake? What about the environmental disaster which was going to be caused by the Alaskan pipeline?

In the name of protecting the environment we are destroying our manufacturing base, oil production, and all those things that made America great. We are no longer creating wealth, we are living on the wealth that was created long ago and when that’s gone, so are we. What do you think will happen when the world no longer accepts our worthless dollars? How do we buy things then? Things we used to make.

We need to re- balance our environmental concerns so as not to punish job creators or the industries that make us self-sufficient. This starts by rolling back the predatory regulations imposed by the EPA. By doing so, we will find ourselves moving in the right direction.
Comment by Carole Wilson on February 12, 2012 at 9:51am

we have not Built a Nulclear Power Plant since 1972 this is ridiculous it emitts carbon Dioxide the very air we breathe  the green people think they will win but they won't the Cape Cod project did not work Not in my back yard ted Kenndy walter Kronkite and John Kerry all objecting to windpower with Ge using the Gulf stream using tubines but they doth Object to the Cape Cod Project and so it never happened, go figure

Comment by james krog on February 12, 2012 at 9:47am

Robert Woodman.   CO2 in elevated levels is used in greenhouses as "aerial fertilizer"  to  increase plant growth and fruit production.  It can double food production in some plants.  Plant growth increases from elevated co2 and this kind of green environment is one humanity would benefit from as well as all life on earth.  Plants can also lock up some of the co2 moderating the atmospheric levels, but the actual effect depends on many factors so I don't indulge in computer model idiocy.  

Comment by Carole Wilson on February 12, 2012 at 9:46am

what idiots the green movement is Soylandra ,Sunpower, Lightsquare another soalr company hits the dust

Comment by james krog on February 12, 2012 at 9:33am

When it comes to the green movement and energy the Germans are idiots. They also closed and sold their solar cell manufacturing capability to the Chinese who dismantled and moved the plants to China.  

While the US has not made much use for years of civilian nuclear power, the technology has grown and improved.  Look at the safety record of the US navy for one example.  Canada also has made great strides in nuclear power design.  Nuclear "pebble bed reactors" are safe enough they have been proposed  as sealed remote site generator power systems for third world regions.   Efficiency improvements have also been made in hydroelectric power, but environmentalists have blocked most of those as well.  

The Japan nuclear disaster was not just from the damage from the earthquake, but from stupidity in design.  They left the fuel tank for the emergency backup power for the cooling system unprotected outside where it was destroyed by the tidal wave.  Without the cooling system the reactor failed.  If the fuel tank had been properly protected the plant would have ridden out the quake and no disaster would have ensued.  Yes, they had a problem, but as sentient beings we can learn from our or better others mistakes and improve the world around us.  "The restoration of perfection is the proper work of man" medieval quote.   This attitude and belief in the ability to make the world better is part of what modern liberalism and socialism has killed in our society.

Competing healthy nuclear, coal, gas, and hydroelectric will give us the best most durable and cheapest power grid.  The current cost of solar and wind make them to expensive and unprofitable to bother with in most places.  I am not sure if this is an engineering issue, material cost,  or market manipulation.        

Comment by Thomas on February 12, 2012 at 9:18am

There will be many scientific discoveries made in the future.  Those new discoveries will provide the scientific basis for many, many new technological innovations.  However.....The only specific scientific knowledge that we can be certain that our descendants will have ten generations from now are those things that we know today.  The only specific technologies that we can be certain that our descendants have the use of are those that we already have the use of today. 


Just sayin'.....Though the perfection of atomic fusion would result in the availability of enough new energy that it may last longer than the human race will last and even though we already have some scientific awareness and understanding of atomic fusion there is no way of guaranteeing that atomic fusion will ever be perfected and made available as a viable provider of mankind's energy needs.


And those aren't chickens coming home to roost.  Those are buzzards. 

Comment by hunter60 on February 12, 2012 at 8:46am

@ Revo,

I find it interesting that Deutschland, known for a strong "green" presence ,is used as the example when just to the west France generates 75% of its electricity from nuclear power. This link shows that http://www.world-nuclear.org/info/inf40.html . A friend of mine, whose PHd in physcis makes her eminently more qualified than myself, believes nuclear power to be safe and thinks the Japan incident is not representative of nuclear power generation in general. I can agree with increased drilling and mining but to not include nuclear power in the arsenal of solutions is a mistake.

Comment by Kristin Fecteau on February 12, 2012 at 8:33am

don't you SEE? That is the PLAN! the Death of millions! Population control and eugenics have long been the goals of the New World Order. Taking away reliable energy is a good way to control the population. Genetically manufactured foods which are causing untold problems in humans. Mandated birth control, even if it violates your religious rights, is being called for. Agenda 21 being quietly implemented. Wake up people! Connect the dots!

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