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Bradford: Nuclear Renaissance is Out the Window

March 17, 2011

Former NRC Peter commissioner Peter Bradford on Bloomberg just now stated due to new concerns, “the nuclear renaissance is out the window”.

Yesterday, Bradford stated:

“This is obviously a significant setback for the so-called nuclear renaissance,” said Peter Bradford, a former commissioner of the U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission. “The image of a nuclear power plant blowing up before your eyes on the television screen is a first.”

Bradford was referring to an explosion that blew the roof off the Fukushima Daiichi plant and sent plumes of smoke billowing into the air—a dramatic event that was broadcast widely and repeatedly by multiple international news stations.

“And significant radiation releases… cannot be good things for an industry that’s looking for votes in the Congress and in the state legislatures,” Bradford added.

From my own perspective I see this: changes to nuclear regulation and/or building or retiring nuclear facilities will not happen because of some moral crisis of conscience – it will happen because the owners and investors can no longer make a profit or tolerate the liabilities.

The changes will be market driven — so, that means us, the market… consumers, MUST DEMAND SAFE ALTERNATIVES and do everything we can to drive innovation and development of solar. Even wind turbines have a down side. Coal and natural gas, as I just explained in a previous post today, are very hazardous and high polluters. Tarsands are decimating Alberta, Canada so that is a no-go (but BP Oil has just made significant investments in tarsands in Alberta) AND Utah is getting into this foul business. ALL of these should be outlawed as they are extremely hazardous to human health and the environment. They are the filthiest of all industries fouling land, water and air.

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