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  •  Taking lessons from American CEOs n/t (2+ / 0-)
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    •  They are soon to *be* American CEOS (4+ / 0-)

      They are going to be building the first  US nuclear plants since TMI,  in Texas on the Gulf shore. "The Administration, just months ago, asked Congress to provide a $4 billion loan guarantee for two new nuclear reactors to be built and operated on the Gulf Coast of Texas -- by Tokyo Electric Power and local partners."

      Greg Palast has an extremely important article about TEPCO over at AlterNet. Their history of lying and fraud is responsible for this catastrophe - they kept the Fukushima reactors open simply by lying about their safety features, backups and security.

      Palast concludes: "After Texas, you're next. The Obama Administration is planning a total of $56 billion in loans for nuclear reactors all over America."

      Democracy *means* Anti-Plutocracy. Democrats, be true to your Self and win!

      by Louise on Mon Mar 21, 2011 at 08:51:03 AM PDT

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      •  TEPCO (0+ / 0-)

        Information about their shady practices are all over net timeline...  It's like that company that didn't do a simple google check on that embezzler they hired from outta state-- 'DOH   REALLY? I'm shocked!'

        Unfortunately, I'm not.

        “The most important trip you may take in life is meeting people halfway” ~ Henry Boye~

        by Terranova0 on Mon Mar 21, 2011 at 10:36:53 AM PDT

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        •  Obama knew about BP's history of misconduct, (2+ / 0-)
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          yet he exempted them from the requisite Environmental Impact Study to drill the Macondo Well in the Gulf of Mexico.

          Obama also, no doubt, knew about TEPCO's history of malfeasance, prior to last fall, when he asked Congress to give TEPCO a $4 billion loan guarantee to build two new nuclear reactors on the Gulf Coast of Texas.

          •  Reply to this (0+ / 0-)

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            Lot's of bad acts and actors in this tragedy.  I'd be disappointed if that were true, but not surprised.

            Good news is that people get to change their minds and if the Dems do decide to champion this, they'll prevail. I can't imagine a political climate more leftist-friendly than we have right now.

            I predict Obama will coast into a second term. And while I was in Hilary's camp last time, he's got my vote this time. Frankly, the guy's done better than I expected.  The main difference between me and some supporters  is that I already accepted the 'bad news' about Obama long ago, and they haven't.

            OBAMA 2012.  The BASE is BACK.

            “The most important trip you may take in life is meeting people halfway” ~ Henry Boye~

            by Terranova0 on Mon Mar 21, 2011 at 11:50:09 AM PDT

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      •  Obama Taps TEPCO to Build Nuclear Plants in TEXAS. (3+ / 0-)
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        Thank you, Louise, for linking to that Greg Palast story. It was first carried by Truthout, on March 14, 2011: Tokyo Electric to Build US Nuclear Plants. I found the following parts particularly ominous:

        Nuclear plants the world over must be certified for what is called "SQ" or "Seismic Qualification"... the maximum conceivable shaking event, be it from an earthquake or an exploding Christmas card from al-Qaeda.
        The most inexpensive way to meet your SQ is to lie.

        The industry does it all the time. The government team I worked with caught them once, in 1988, at the Shoreham plant in New York. Correcting the SQ problem at Shoreham would have cost a cool billion, so engineers were told to change the tests from "failed" to "passed."

        The company that put in the false safety report? Stone & Webster, now the nuclear unit of Shaw Construction, which will work with TEPCO to build the Texas plant.

        As Palast says, "Lord help us".

        •  Thanks, PreciousLittle (2+ / 0-)
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          Reading Palast's piece scared the hell out of me.

          Do Texas residents not understand what sort of danger they face? Do they not care? Or does their sanction not even apply in the corrupt Land of Scott?

          Democracy *means* Anti-Plutocracy. Democrats, be true to your Self and win!

          by Louise on Mon Mar 21, 2011 at 02:50:24 PM PDT

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