I found it very troubling listening to Bush's inept inadequate, anemic energy proposals and then listen to the idiot say how superior they are to Democratic proposals. As I say often, I am sick of him touting obviously inadequate proposals and then bragging about it and getting away with it. We always pay the price and you will may agree but will see that this will be pricey and no exception.
Thursday Bush was at one of the most expensive accident prone nuclear power plants in the country touting the superiority of his plan over the Democrats plan and after reading the comparison and learning more about the Browns Ferry Power Plant he was bragging about and using to highlight his "great" plan I was stunned again.
First though as usual I am continuously disappointed that there is not a focus on a real viable and "Green" energy alternative such as hydrogen but not surprised. I am disappointed that nothing is being said about the fact that refineries are purposely keeping their function the bottle neck in order to keep prices artificially inflated in a time when per Barrel prices are going down.
I refuse to believe that if this President especially wanted a new refinery built that it wouldn't get done. That said!
Power plants are important but so is fuel. I found that the last refinery was built in 1976. even more troubling than that is the fact that there is a small refinery in Utah that is not even being used. Gee, what a coincidence.
With an obvious bottleneck produced by the industry for their gain I am dumbfounded that Bush's advisers have recommended a veto of the energy bill if it contains a provision that would make oil industry price gouging a federal crime. They say targeting ``unconscionably excessive'' prices for petroleum products amounts to price regulation and could lead to supply shortages. I am so sick of this no oversight, no control abuse of the people and our America.
Price regulation, bull, but maybe it is needed. As for shortages, supplies are purposely controlled by refinery limitations to keep the prices up. We are being controlled for their gain and Bush does not want it to end. I found the differences Bush was making between his proposal and that of Democrats to be worthless nitpicking.
The centerpiece of Bush's energy proposal is nuclear power and he chose to highlight it at Browns Ferry nuclear power plant. he is pushing expanding nuclear power that has stalled since the 1979 partial meltdown at 3 mile Island. Bush called it energy that is abundant, affordable, safe and clean. I don't know about that but I decided to look into the Browns Ferry nuclear power plant he made his speech at and was touting as a great example of success.
Instant red alert! I hate that he will point out the good parts of something but leaves you in the dark as to the real picture as he knows how bad it is. I just can't stand this and it is all day every day. Bush came to the plant that is home to the first U.S. nuclear reactor to go online in more than 20 years. Browns Ferry's Unit 1 reactor began producing power again last month after being shut down for safety reasons in 1985. Its other two reactors returned to service in the 1990s.
The reactor was shut down two days later after its restart when a leaky pipe burst and spilled non-radioactive fluid. Such problems prompted Greenpeace to call Browns Ferry ``a strange poster child for a nuclear future.'' Hearing that it was the first to go on line in 20 years I thought okay that's cool I guess. Then I see it had to shut down two days when a leaky pipe burst.
I can see pushing nuclear power here and around the world would leave us and a few other countries to control the countries of the world as we control the supposed future power industry. I don't know what you think of Greenpeace but when I learned the following about this safe, clean, cheap source Bush was bragging about I was stunned and most certainly agree with them.
When it was built, Browns Ferry-1 was the largest and supposedly safest reactor in the country. However it turned out to be a classic example of how the nuclear industry often fails to meet expectations. The place was accident prone from the beginning. Its main claim to fame is the major accident on 22 March 1975 in which a meltdown was narrowly avoided and which caused US$100 million damage Hmm, safe and cheap yeah!
Further incidents followed. During an attempt to shut down reactor 3 on 28 June 1980, nearly half the control rods failed to insert, and three attempts were needed to shut down the reactor. There were also several leaks of radioactive cooling water (3, 4), including one that contaminated the Tennessee River in January 1983. There was years of restarting and shutting down various reactors.
Even then, Browns Ferry's problems were not over. There were multiple problems with the core shrouds cracking due to the steel that was used. The restart alone of unit 1 is expected to take five years and cost around $1.8 billion. This exceeds by more than $100 million the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE)'s highest cost estimate for building a new reactor.
Now you have to ask what is Bush's motivation here. The TVA already bankrupt doesn't know where they will get the money. This is the success Bush is pointing to? This is the future he wants for us? Safe and economical? Oh yeah small oversight, no blueprints. No Blueprints! How the hell do you lose the blueprints to a nuclear power plant?
I am sick of this selfish agenda lying crap, what is happening? We have to start making a difference. America can not take much more of the daily obvious abuse and misuse and succeed into the future!