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McCain Sets Goal of 45 New Nuclear Reactors by 2030

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McCain Sets Goal of 45 New Nuclear Reactors by 2030
Senator John McCain said Wednesday that he wanted 45 new nuclear reactors built in the United States by 2030, a course he called “as difficult as it is necessary.” McCain told the crowd at a town-hall-style meeting at Missouri State University that he saw nuclear power as a clean, safe alternative to traditional sources of energy that emit greenhouse gases. He said his ultimate goal was 100 new nuclear plants.

Fo-show317771 Fo-show317771 9 years
He dont care..hes like 75..he might not be around by that time.
stephley stephley 9 years
stephley stephley 9 years
Accidents at the post office rarely condemn workers to radiation sicknet, cancer and/or genetic issues for their future children and grandchildren. If a coal mine collapses, it kills the miners - it doesn't take out the whole town. An important difference that should be factored into the debate.
mymellowman mymellowman 9 years
In regards to Steph's list and Chernobyl aside, it seems like we have more deaths in the US from mining coal than from Nuclear related deaths in the world. I'm intrigued to see what the injury/death rates for other fields of energy (i.e. oil, coal, etc) compared to Nuclear Energy are. I know Steph's list i short and not complete (it's just a rough list that I'm sure is light and a more detailed list could show more issues over the years,) but I'd be intrigued to see how it stacks up against similiar issues from other power sources. And not to make light of the matter, but "France's most serious nuclear accident, three workers were contaminated." We've had more serious issues at Post Offices and Schools it seems.
bellaressa bellaressa 9 years
Em --- I also thought he pronounce "nuclear" incorrectly. I could be wrong. :lol:
bellaressa bellaressa 9 years
45 by 2030. Seems high and dangerous.
Jillness Jillness 9 years
I thought there was still a big disagreement as to where to store the nuclear waste that is produced from nuclear power. Wasn't there an idea to store it under a mountain in Nevada? I think we should really work out the waste storage issue before we build 45 more! 45 is quite a bit.
stephley stephley 9 years
It affected a good part of Europe and we'll be drawing on what nuclear expertise is in the world, not just in the U.S. The number of accidents I found in seconds is a good indication that nuclear power is not as safe as its proponents want us to believe. Part of the huge cost of nuclear power is building in second and third tier safety measures and considering that the low bid's going to win, that's an easy place to cut costs. In Japan and China, nuclear plant safety was a big concern after recent earthquakes - the scope of an area put at risk by a damaged plant is huge.
janneth janneth 9 years
What about the danger of terrorist attacks. I mean, if we couldn't safeguard the Pentagon...
CaterpillarGirl CaterpillarGirl 9 years
steph, in america is what i meant.
UnDave35 UnDave35 9 years
I think what Nica was trying to say was that there have been no major accidents in America. Chernobyl happened because secondary safety protocols were not put into place.
em1282 em1282 9 years
Huh. Kinda scary. Here's the important question though--did he pronounce "nuclear" correctly? ;)
janneth janneth 9 years
Maybe Cheney has buddies in the nuclear power industry.
True-Song True-Song 9 years
So long as it's not in my back yard.
janneth janneth 9 years
I am frightened.
stephley stephley 9 years
Chernobyl was a major accident that happened after 3 Mile Island. There have been plenty of 'lesser' accidents, some of which I've listed. Commercial nuclear power plants in the U.S. alone produce 3,000 tons of high-level waste each year and that radioactive nuclear waste has to stored somewhere for thousands of years. Nuclear power plants are expensive to build and maintain, a major reason why they aren't more plentiful now. Partial list of accidents since 3 Mile Island: February 11, 1981 Eight workers are contaminated when more than 100,000 gallons of radioactive coolant fluid leaks into the contaminant building of the Tennessee Valley Authority's Sequoyah 1 plant in Tennessee. April 25, 1981 Officials said around 45 workers were exposed to radioactivity during repairs to a plant at Tsuruga, Japan. April 26, 1986 The world's worst nuclear accident occurred after an explosion and fire at the Chernobyl nuclear power plant. It released radiation over much of Europe. Thirty-one people died in the immediate aftermath of the explosion. November 1992 In France's most serious nuclear accident, three workers were contaminated after entering a nuclear particle accelerator in Forbach without protective clothing. Executives were jailed in 1993 for failing to take proper safety measures. March 1997 The state-run Power Reactor and Nuclear Fuel Development Corporation reprocessing plant at Tokaimura, Japan, contaminated at least 35 workers with minor radiation after a fire and explosion occurred. September 30, 1999 Another accident at the uranium processing plant at Tokaimura, Japan, plant exposed fifty-five workers to radiation. Workers had been mixing uranium with nitric acid to make nuclear fuel, but had used too much uranium and set off the accidental uncontrolled reaction.
CaterpillarGirl CaterpillarGirl 9 years
Since the three mile island accident there have been no major nuclear reactor incidents. the cost of making nuclear power is the same as making coal power, if the carbon tax applies they dont cost anything because they dont emit CO2, NO, CO, SO2, arsenic, etc. that are emitted by coal power plants. Nuclear power does not produce any primary air pollution or release carbon dioxide and sulfur dioxide into the atmosphere. I say go for it. there is a reactor right now, less than a mile away from where i am sitting. and i am healthy as an ox
stephley stephley 9 years
Way too costly, too damaging to the environment and too dangerous to people's health. Stupid idea.
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