12 nuclear plants on the chopping block

These aging reactors are most at risk of an early demise as the nuclear power industry struggles to compete in America's new energy landscape.

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Sep 5, 2013 1:17PM
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Environmentalist logic....

Coal is too dirty, Nuclear is too scary, Gas causes too much pollution, Hydro harms the fish, wind kills the birds, solar takes too much space and is ugly, etc....

Confused bystander: "Where will we get our energy from"

Environmentalist: "An electrical outlet"





Sep 5, 2013 1:15PM
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No problem decomissioning old plants, but they should build newer ones in their place. More efficent, smaller, and more controllable reactors.
Sep 5, 2013 1:19PM
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... how are people going to charge their zero emissions electric cars?
Sep 5, 2013 1:01PM
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still the most greenest , energy efficient energy source on the planet. environmentalists are WACKY, they should be backing this
Sep 5, 2013 1:10PM
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Instead of closing these plants, we should be expanding their numbers...
Sep 5, 2013 1:06PM
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Nuclear Power is the only real alternative to filling the atmosphere with Carbon Dioxide. Yet, ever environmentalist on the planet opposes nuclear power and have no alternatives.  I have literally be told by people that we can run automobiles from solar cells.  You try to explain to them that solar is not reasonable and they just go into spasms.  Are you prepared for a power bill that will rival you mortgage?  Think I'm kidding... Amsterdam several years ago was paying $1500 a month during the winter for heating bills.  I had friends there who went into shell shock.
Sep 5, 2013 1:28PM
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Has anybody ever heard the phrase - - GOING TO HELL IN A HAND BASKET.  Well, its time we listen to the people who know and its not the environmentalists.   Nuclear energy WILL power the future - like it or not.
Sep 5, 2013 1:24PM
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where will the almost 20 million costumers get there power from. Gas and or Oil. We can spend hundreds of billions on wars in Afghanistan,  and where ever else we are screwing up  countries yet we tax payers can not get the  government help to upgrade these power plants and cut back on the growing co2 gas emissions .The environmentalist really have there head up the Buts on this one 
Sep 5, 2013 1:57PM
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While I agree these specific reactors need to be shut down because they are past their service life, and are using an old and outdated designs, one that can be risky and creates nasty waste, the fact of the matter is we need nuclear and if we could get the powers to be to get their heads out of their you know whats, we could have the energy problem and a good part of the air pollution problem solved.

There are new and developing technologies in the nuclear field that we should be all over. Specifically Gen 4 reactors that run on abundant and cheap Thorium, can burn up the waste we have now, produce a very small amount of waste that is only dangerous for a few hundred years vs thousands, have passive safety systems that don't require water cooling or secondary power, are scalable, and do not readily produce weapons grade materials. Just to name a few advantages.

The technology is there and only needs a little refinement. Time to stop being ignorant and listening to special interests or letting non sense red tape bog us down. We need to use the technology that we have at our disposal. Gen 4 nuclear would be an amazing leap forward for us.

Our future is one that should be comprised of Gen 4 nuclear reactors making up the vast majority of base load power and then supplemented by point of use power from renewables; mainly solar and wind as a secondary measure. All on smart grid systems combining the best parts of centralized and decentralized power generation. This topped with ever improving energy efficiency.

 

I think its time

Sep 5, 2013 1:29PM
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If you really listen to the wacko idiots that are behind all this they will tell you the only way to save the earth is for man to die off in large numbers!
One spoke at a local college and by the end of his talk over half the students had walked out.
Go figure when he says that we need to let the old and infirm die and that the population needs to be cut in half in the next 50 years!
IDIOTS ALL!

Sep 5, 2013 1:29PM
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Knock nuclear power all you want but right now it's still the most environmentally friendly method we have that produces great quantities of power. Yes a few plants have had radiation leaks but when you factor in the vast amount of plants out there that have operated for decades without incident then we actually have a very solid safety record. Solar and wind still do pretty well and hydro does great but it's not applicable everywhere like a nuclear plant is since some areas aren't as windy or have clear sky's or have a river system/reservoir to use for hydro electric production. NO you just can't pipe that energy across the country either as it takes more and more energy to get that power to go vast distances to provide electricity.

Do we need to constantly update and refine the processes at nuclear plants? Yes, we should never become complacent with it and always be on the look out for problems and do our best to foresee what could possibly happen in the future to prevent disaster.

Sep 5, 2013 1:29PM
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Looks like the NORTHEAST is going to be paying more for ELECTRIC !!! 
Sep 5, 2013 1:26PM
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Were now going to start closing nuclear plants?  OBUMMER and his EPA  mafia are already putting coal fired power plants out of operation, due to regulations. There won't be any electric left to power the electric car program. Keep heading in this direction and the environmentalists will be wondering where all the trees went.  Got to stay warm somehow.
Sep 5, 2013 1:04PM
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Is it time to buy stock in Yankee Candles ?
Sep 5, 2013 1:41PM
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What is wrong with MSN today?  On the front page they put out  "Chopping Black"
It is like they just don't care how stupid they look.  No pride in their jobs anymore.
I'm not an English major, but come on!!!  Pay attention to what you write and proof it
before you just throw it out there!

Sep 5, 2013 1:40PM
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The coal burning plant in ND is possibly hiking rates by 30% due to the EPA requiring higher standards for coal burning. I think we need to either dam up the red river and flood the southern half for hydro or put in a reactor on the red for cheaper power. The other alternative is wind but do you want electricity or wheat?
Sep 5, 2013 1:27PM
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I don't think you can just do away with a nuclear plant. If so why haven't they done away with Fukushima nuclear plant in Japan? It's still there and leaking.    
Sep 5, 2013 1:19PM
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Chopping Block not "chopping black" you boneheads.  Back before computers, you hardly ever saw a misprint. Now you see them all the time. Spell check will "spell"  the end of the civilized world. 
Sep 5, 2013 1:20PM
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Kinds strange that most are in the Northeast. 
Sep 5, 2013 1:21PM
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so, the east coast will be suffering "brown-outs" after these are shut down along with the dozens of coal fired plants that the "green president" wants to close. all across the US plants are scheduled and will be scheduled for closing. do you believe that the TVA, Hoover Dam and the hydro-electric dams of the northwest will be capable of supplying power to the parts of the country affected by these shutdowns? do you believe that solar and wind will be capable of supplying the needed power in time? hardly, the US will be thrown into third world existence by closing these nuke and coal stations that are earmarked for shutdown, but since people won't have any jobs to go to, l guess that my remarks aren't really important, we're not going to be needing the electric anyhow...
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