The legacy left behind
by nuclear power
Editor of the Reformer:
In response to John McClaughry’s rant on Gov. Shumlin’s unlikely olive branch to Entergy (Sept. 5), Peter Shumlin did not shut down Yankee. Entergy decided to shut it down because it was not profitable to run in the economic reality of today’s cheap natural gas prices. The world financial industry saw this coming and even predicted it. Perhaps you don’t keep up with such things, which I highly doubt, seeing how you beat the drum of cheap power as a matter of supporting the industry in which you hold a degree.
Your industry is inherently dangerous. Much of that problem results in costs as you say of "cumulative regulations," safety issues that were put in place by the NRC not Peter Shumlin. And also why is it guarded by people with M-16 rifles? Because of the threat of some loony terrorist getting a hold of some of your particles and doing something bad with them. Perhaps your grandchildren, 10 or even 30 generations from now, can get a job guarding the waste created by your industry. That cost will be ever increasing inflation and wages with no new money generated to pay for it except by charging the electric ratepayers and taxpayers for which they will get nothing in return. A cost that, in the long run, will dwarf the original cost of making and selling nuclear power while the plant was operating.
Many of us stand in support of Peter Shumlin for opposing such an industry and in turn people such as you that push your think tank ideology. In a past editorial you have used the notion that no one has died from nuclear power as a justification for it’s continued use. That is a really lame idea. That same notion has been used for centuries by some explaining away the injurious nature of rape, which I’m sure you don’t believe is rational. So not to compare nuclear power to rape, but why do you use the measure of death in defense of your industry? A rice farmer in the Fukashima prefecture was lamenting that his family had been growing rice on a plot of land for 30 generations in which time they had been wiped out by tsunamis of the past. He stated that they were able to rebuild and continue over those generations and would be doing so today but for the nuclear waste that has now contaminated their land.
Putney, Sept. 7
Hypocrisy on display
Editor of the Reformer:
It’s been a great couple of weeks for hypocrisy. At the outset, files released under the Freedom of Information Act show that we caused the coup in Iran in 1953. This was nothing new, but now it is official from the CIA. Other files disclose our complicity in the gas attacks on the Iranians during the Iran/Iraq war in the ‘80s. The administration at the time provided Saddam Hussein with weather reports in order to facilitate his deployment of Mustard gas onto the Iranians. And the leaders of the free world -- the Americans and the Brits -- allowed pharmaceutical companies to supply Iraq with the ingredients for the Mustard gas. Then when the Iranians tried to bring this up before the Untied Nations, the Americans were able to smother the debate. And let’s not forget the heavy, sustained use of phosphorus in Fallujah in 2004 -- the shake and bake obscenity.
We now have the Syrian chemical attack. Our "slam-dunk" intelligence is met by a wall of skepticism because of all our previous lies (Powell’s little box of tricks at the UN). The coalition of the willing is now down to the U.S. and France (sacré bleu!), with the éminence grise (Israel) hovering in the background. The charge to war is stopped in its tracks by the British Labour Party, with a large group of conservatives lending a hand. They just did not believe the American intelligence and shockingly listened to their constituents, who did not want another American war. Nevertheless, undeterred, our Nobel Peace laureate is furiously polishing his war credentials, soliciting assistance (cap in hand) from McCain and Graham (how sick is that?), trying to persuade all and sundry at the G20 that this is another righteous war.
We still have no proof of who committed this crime -- just the accusations of the two imperial powers. Apparently we are going to save all those Syrians by bombing the bejesus out of them. That’s our foreign policy in a bombshell.
On the other side of the pond, our new partner -- France -- is led by a Socialist president. It makes one’s head spin. And we all remember good old "Rummy" Rumsfeld, beaming from sea to shining sea, shaking hands with Saddam Hussein prior to our shock and awe. Mr. Kerry, that fine patrician democrat, of late has been calling Mr. Assad a thug and Hitler. Well, now a video has come to light showing Mr. Kerry and Mr. Assad having a convivial dinner together in 2009, along with their wives. All his piety, his self-righteousness and his caring for the Syrian people does look a little sick. Who is Mr. Kerry to pontificate to us on what is right or wrong? Such monumental hypocrisy has to be ridiculed. How about them Democrats?
Brattleboro, Sept. 9