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Obama Rejects Nuclear Waste Site. No idea what to do with waste, but he’ll think of something. by The Elephant's Child
February 26, 2009, 11:11 pm
Filed under: Democrat Corruption, Liberalism, Science/Technology | Tags: , ,

President Obama said in his inauguration speech: “We will restore science to it’s rightful place.”

Bloomberg News:

President Barack Obama won’t let nuclear waste be stored at Yucca Mountain in Nevada, rejecting the project after 20 years of planning at a cost of at least $9 billion.  (…)

The new administration is starting the process of finding a better solution for management of our nuclear waste.

Radioactive waste is now spread among more than 120 sites in 30 states.  Environmental groups and Nevada opponents have filed lawsuits seeking to block the project on the grounds that Yucca Mountain might be subject to earthquakes and that transporting waste across 43 states might create a hazard and a potential target for terrorists.

As is becoming a pattern, Obama is canceling something as demanded by supporters, without a clue as to what he is going to do about the problem.  He’ll think of something. Or appoint a task force.  The government is in breach of contract because the Energy Department did not meet a contractual obligation to take possession of nuclear waste by 1998.  If they terminate the license, full breach of contract could potentially cost $100 billion.

Leftists, who are uninterested in consequences and studies, want science to fulfill their fantasies.  If they would take the trouble to study the science instead of indulging in wishful thinking, we might not have to worry about just where science’s rightful place is.

Planet Gore at NRO notes that:

All of France’s nuclear waste from 25 years of producing 75 percent of its electricity is stored beneath the floor of one room at Le Hague.  The lifetime output for each French citizen would fit in a soda can.

Drew Thornley also quotes Greenpeace co-founder Patrick Moore:

Within 40 years, used fuel has less than one-thousandth of the radioactivity it had when it was removed from the reactor.  And it is incorrect to call it waste, because 95 percent of the potential energy is still contained in the used fuel after the first cycle.

Max Schulz examines some of Obama’s energy options here.

We can restore science to its rightful place, but it involves serious study, not platitudes and paybacks.

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