It's the Environment, Stupid.

Thursday, June 08, 2006

Darned environmentalists

When I read this article from Wednesday's NY Times: U.S. Science Panel Sees Big Problems if Indian Point Reactors are Closed my first reaction was - who funded that report?

Turns out it was Congress - $1 million to find out what happens if Indian Point (controversial nuclear power plant near NYC) is closed. The report is a boon to nuclear advocates as, "Closing the Indian Point nuclear reactors would make electricity more expensive, leave New York more vulnerable to natural gas shortages and add to pollution that causes global warming." Well, when you put it that way...

"The committee said that there were no insurmountable technical obstacles to closing the plant. But it asserted that electric demand was growing so fast in the region, and building power plants was so difficult, that simply meeting power needs during peak periods would be a challenge even if the reactors stayed in operation."

So, sounds like an easy solution right? We just leave the reactors on and we have no energy problem? Well, it would be an easy fix if it weren't for those darned environmentalists who are making things so difficult.

"The report said one alternative to Indian Point was something else that environmentalists do not like: ports for tankers carrying liquefied natural gas. In fact, natural gas, which now sells for more than double its price in the late 1990's, is the only fuel practical for large-scale plants in the New York City area, according to experts, because coal or new reactors are not politically acceptable."

Gosh, they make it sound like if it weren't for those pesky environmentalists, we wouldn't have an energy problem and everyone would live happily ever after. I'm sure they're right, because if environmentalists weren't constantly getting in the way there'd be tons of energy to go around. Plus, we might even have the added bonus of more air and water pollution and more garbage than we'd know what to deal with, not to mention plenty of nuclear waste for everyone.


  • The report was specifically requested by Rep. Nita Lowey, a congressional ally of those pushing for closure of Indian Point, not the nuclear industry.

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at 09:18  

  • Eric, thanks for pointing that out. The NY Times article did mention that, and my blog did gloss over that it wasn't the nuclear industry backing the report. In fact, it's almost as if the report came back to bite enviros in the rear by saying, 'sure we can close Indian Point, but it'll cost you...'

    I don't know if it came across in the post, but the thing I wanted to highlight was the representation of said enviros as the evil doer. The article just seemed to me to have a tone of, "if it weren't for those environmentalists, we'd all be better off." It was intended to be more of a critique of the media rather than the nukes.

    By Blogger Amy Marpman, at 11:07  

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