Good News

We are playing this complicated game in which we are trying to get the media to pressure the nuclear utility to tell the truth.  Usually, the utility wins this game.  Reactors get huge subsidies from tax payers who pay to insure them  and to deal with most of the waste costs, while the nuclear utilities profit by not having to pay for these business costs.  This news, that reactors are fundamentally uneconomic, we usually cant get thru.  But today we won one of these fights.

Forbes Reports “Dominion spokesman Rick Zuercher said the company did inspect some underground pipes that it thought would be most vulnerable to an earthquake.”

Even better came from Richmond TV 6  “There was some question about underground piping and we have not inspected all of those, obviously,” said Zuercher

This was deeply satisfying for those of us who had watched Dominion dodge the issue of inspecting these pipes completely, that they finally admitted that yes there are these underground pipes, which they are not inspecting.

There were other satisfying parts as well.  When a reporter started trying to tell me that electricity prices were going to go up because Dominion had to buy replacement power to the tune of over $1 million a day because these reactors were down.  I got furious over the phone and i told him Dominion should have considered this when they started lying about the fault lines under the reactor. I said that i did not care how much money Dominion was loosing and that my health and my sons safety were more important than corporate profits.  The reporter was clearly rattled by my anger and did not really recover during the rest of the interview.  Perhaps i should be more compassionate, but i am just unwilling to accept Dominions profitability as principal argument for restarting these dangerous reactors.

me chatting with the man. my hair having its own adventure

i was the police liaison for this action so i have a brief conversation with the Richmond Police and my old pal Vic Slade who is now the head of corporate security for Dominion.  It is Vic who i am shaking hands with in the picture about.  Vic occasional reminds me that he fought to maintain my right to free speech and assemble.  Personally, i had not feared any of these Constitutional rights were being threatened by any foreign power that  our adventurous military has attacked in the last few decades.  But for these brief polite interactions this seemed an unimportant point.

About paxus

a funologist, memeticist and revolutionary. Can be found in the vanity bin of Wikipedia and in locations of imminent calamity. buckle up, there is going to be some rough sledding.

6 responses to “Good News”

  1. Abigail says :

    Congrats on a successful action! Whats next?

  2. paxus says :

    Our next action is at the North Anna information center in Mineral on Monday Oct 3. To ask Dominion and the NRC uncomfortable questions. Stay tuned.

  3. Michael says :

    Hey… Michael here. You never got back to me on those questions I asked you about France a few years ago.

    You were saying how nuclear reactors are so exhorbitantly expensive that they didn’t make economic sense, and then I pointed out that France gets 80% of their electricity from 50-some reactors and asked why didn’t this show up in France’s economy? I mean, shouldn’t they being paying through the nose for electricity or at least impoverished in some way from all the expense of nuclear?

    Well it’s three years later now, and while the European economy is tanking all over the place, France still seems to be faring pretty well. How come they’re still not being dragged down by all this exhorbitantly-expensive nuclear of theirs?

    Also, many in your group claim all kinds of negative health effects from the existence of nuclear power plants. After 30+ years of nuclear, shouldn’t they be seeing all kinds of negative health effects? I mean, it should be really obvious by now, right?

    I’m just sayin.

    • Paxus says :

      Dearest Michael:

      i dont get to every comment, my bad. France is currently building more wind power than nuclear domestically. What does that tell you? The two EPRs that France is building (one in France and one in Finnland) are late, over budget and of serious concern to the regulators of both of those countries.

      The French overall economy can not be rated by their relationship to nuclear power. A french waste facility killed a worker and seriously injured 3 last month.

      There are all kinds of negative health effects in the Ukraine and the area around Chernobyl and there will be around Fukushima. There also are serious negative health effects around the weapons testing locations around the world.

      But really, these issues are not decided on health effects, they are decided on money. Nuclear continues to be advnaced, because nuclear utilities dont pay for their own insurance (liability is capped, while Fukushima and Chenobyl both prove that the costs of these accidents are not capped) and they typically dont pay for all their waste handling.

      I dont think much of industrial capitalism as an economic model. But the real free market capitalists hate nuclear. it is only the criminal capitalists of the “privatize gain, social loss” flavor that think nuclear is such a great solution. Which is why the World Bank and many other investment organizations refuse to fund it and why no private capital in the US will touch it without government guaranteed profits.

      If you are interested in the economics i encourage you to look at http://www.tinyurl.com/forgetnuclear by Amory Lovins.

      And there is an excellent Greenpeace report on the multiple, systematic failures of the French nuclear program at http://www.nirs.org/nukerelapse/background/frenchnf2008.pdf

      I hope this answers your questions and brings us up to date.

  4. Alex Barnes says :

    Nuclear power is an example of the US government socializing the risk and privatizing the profits. I guess that is good for reelection contributions.

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