Bush: U.S. Needs More Nuclear Power Plants
LUSBY, Md. (AP) -- Pushing for the construction of nuclear power plants, President Bush on Wednesday pressed Congress to send him an energy bill, though he acknowledged that even when he signs the legislation, gasoline prices at the pump won't fall overnight.
As a side note: I worked for a nuclear power plant for 10 years and only left the company and the industry as a whole because its majority owners decided to shut it down rather than make the necessary repairs to keep it in production. The political climate wasn't exactly nuclear power friendly at that time, either. What a shame...it was the best and most efficient company I ever worked for.
The story that Bush is recommending new construction ought to rile the anti-nuclear activists who put my former employer and all of us employees through constant hell. The industry is heavily regulated and consequently quite safe -- if it wasn't, I wouldn't have worked in it for 10 solid years. If a new wave of construction starts up in this country, be prepared to photograph the drum beaters and tree huggers because they will be out in force using the same naive and unsubstantiated scare tactics they have always used...
And regarding the plant I used to work for. I moved away from the state right after I lost that job due to company closure and layoffs. I heard, though, that the plant's majority owners have since publicly expressed regret over their decision to shut down such a viable and cost efficient source of energy. Hindsight is 20/20? Their sentiment is a bit too little, too late.