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  •  Power plants are not cars. (0+ / 0-)

    Power plants, whether nuclear, coal, natural gas or hydroelectric, are colossal installations that cost billions of dollars and have projected working lives of 40, 50, or more years by design.

    Do you really think we should close Hoover Dam because it was built in the late 1930s?

    •  Apples and oranges (1+ / 0-)
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      Comparing a 1970 car to a 2010 car, design wise is similar to comparing a 1970 fission plant design to a 2010 fission plant design.

      Hydro electric dam designs have not gone thru a multi generational series of improvements over the last 40 years.

      Additionally the working life of a dam is far in excess of the working life of a nuke or car. Oyster Creek went online in 1969, the original operating license was for 40 years.

      FDR 9-23-33, "If we cannot do this one way, we will do it another way. But do it we will.

      by Roger Fox on Sat Mar 19, 2011 at 10:28:16 AM PDT

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