Nuclear power will not solve our nationís energy problem
Why do we not see the elephant hiding in the weeds of nuclear power plants that proponents say will solve all our energy needs?
We complain today that we're slaves to the oil cartel in all its $4 a gallon economic dimensions, but what would happen if most nuclear generating plants were eventually owned by similar cartels? Would our electric bills soar uncontrollably to comparable levels of predatory pricing? The equivalent of $4 kWh electricity instead of 12 cents?
Each nuclear plant requires multiple billions of dollars to build and operate. No local group could pony up enough cash to build and operate one. Only corporate or very wealthy individual investor groups can afford such a level of financing. If a significant percentage of our energy were to come from nuclear plants, we'd become economic slaves to those investors, too.
That scenario would be OPEC and Texas all over again!
Corporate conglomerates are a form of power that can't be tapped for society's benefit.
The world needs sources of energy that the little guy can control, like wind, fuel cells and solar. And what happened to "energy from the vacuum" (Google the phrase)? That infinite scalar source has repeatedly been proven viable.
Heating one's home with wood has been the preferred method for millennia because the little guy could control the complete process. Anyone can gather wood, but there have never been bathtub distillers for gasoline or fuel oil, or do-it-yourself reactors.
Nuclear energy? The many negative issues of safety, waste storage, short lifetimes of physical plants, vulnerability to terrorist attack and concerns about weapons proliferation are not the only drawbacks.
Concern for our environment is important today. But being slaves to big money is a burden we've shouldered far too long. They've always had us over the barrel.
We need universal, harmless sources of power that the little guy himself can control. And that means solar, wind, scalar and/or fuel cells. Not oil. Not nuclear.