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  •  You perhaps should take the bet, bryfry (1+ / 0-)
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    This is in the Austin American Statesman today:

    An editorial which says:

    The City of Austin is quietly considering whether it should invest in the proposed $6 billion expansion of the nuclear power plant at the South Texas Project near Bay City, and City Council Member Lee Leffingwell is right to defend that consideration - though he and other city leaders no doubt will hear loud and angry objections.


    San Antonio, whose municipal utility also owns part of the South Texas Project, is investing in the expansion, and the Lower Colorado River Authority, which supplies power to much of Central Texas outside of Austin, is in serious talks with NRG over both coal and nuclear plant investments

    and finally

    Nuclear power has its own problems with radioactive waste, but at least that waste is isolated and guarded, not pumped into the air we breathe or the climate we live in.

    Environmentalists are beginning to argue that Texas can get by without adding new nuclear or coal-fired plants. Instead, they say, we could rely on a rigorous program of energy efficiency, conservation, wind and solar power sources and natural gas-fired power plants.

    But it’s doubtful that most Texans, including most Austin Energy customers, want to risk their economic well-being - and air conditioning - on energy efficiency programs and wind turbines alone.

    As Leffingwell notes, the issue isn’t whether to build the two nuclear reactors; it’s whether Austin should participate. Austin should seriously consider it.

    If Austin is going along with the new plants, local support for disrupting the project is apt to be token and by mostly outtastaters.

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