Wednesday, April 8, 2009

Duke wants nukes

Posted By on Wed, Apr 8, 2009 at 12:00 PM

Listen: Nuclear energy isn't going to solve our problems fast enough. It takes decades to build a nuclear plant — if energy companies are able to acquire a building permit (and keep it). There's no telling how much energy technology and usage will change by the time one plant is completed.

Beyond that, let's not forget: Nuclear plants are no joke. Do you really want one in your backyard? (Remember Chernobyl? How about Three Mile Island? And, what to do with the nuclear waste?)

Not trying to frighten you, just want you to keep these things in mind. Now, add in the fact that your energy rates will rise NOW so Mr. Rogers can build these multi-million dollar power plants that won't benefit the energy grid for 30, or more, years.

We need energy solutions now, that means funding new ideas.

Debate over regulating carbon dioxide has strengthened the case for going forward with Duke Energy's proposed Lee nuclear plant near Gaffney, S.C., CEO Jim Rogers says.

Duke has made no final decision to build the $11 billion nuclear plant, which would be its first since the 1980s. But capping limits on carbon dioxide, which is emitted by Duke's coal-fired plants, is expected to heavily cost utilities. Duke, meanwhile, says it needs to build more power plants to keep up with growing electricity demand.

Read the rest of this Charlotte Observer article here.

Watch the first part of "The Battle of Chernobyl" here:

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