October 8, 2007


Nuclear Power Primed for Comeback: Demand, Subsidies Spur U.S. Utilities (Steven Mufson, October 8, 2007, Washington Post)

Two decades ago, after Duke Energy abandoned its partly built nuclear power reactors here, the site was sold and turned into a movie set. Director James Cameron used it to film "The Abyss," a 1989 movie about civilian divers who encounter aliens while trying to rescue a stricken nuclear submarine. Cameron filled the unused nuclear containment building with water and hauled a section of an oil rig, a tiny submarine and fiberglass rocks inside to make convincing underwater scenes.

Now there's a new twist in the plot: The nuclear power industry is trying to come back from its own abyss. With natural gas prices volatile and people anxious about climate change, the nuclear power industry is touting its technology as a way to meet the nation's growing energy needs without emitting more greenhouse gases. Over the next two years, the Nuclear Regulatory Commission expects applications to build as many as 32 new nuclear reactors.

Duke Energy could be among them. It reacquired the Cherokee County site and has been tearing down old buildings so it can ask the NRC to let it start all over again.

Posted by Orrin Judd at October 8, 2007 10:24 AM

I relish the position the loony left has gotten itself into, namely politicizing global warming and using it as a scare tactic in - order to coalesce power vs. the obvious answer, Nuclear energy, which it hates.

Future interview with AL Gore:

Interviewer: Mr Gore, considering as you say the earth will soon die if we don’t curb carbon emissions, how come we just don’t go with nuclear energy en mass? It’s clean, cheaper than oil, doable within 5 years, and doesn’t involve any Arabs or Persians? What gives?

Mr. Gore: Well Nuclear has been demonized by progressives for over thirty years, why, I don’t really know but the real reason is that if we go nuclear, we won’t be able to scare young voters into voting for us, form a world government, pass regulations like Kyoto accords, tax the heck out of people, and finally kill Capitalism in favor of Marxism like we have been trying to do all these years. This global warming thing is about expanding government, a nuclear solution only gets in the way.

Posted by: Perry at October 8, 2007 10:53 AM

One of the indications that you are dealing with medical quackery is the large and varied list of ailments supposedly cured, and only cured, by the miracle being touted. The same applies to ecological quackery.

That all through this Global Climate Warming Change hysteria the proponents have gone out of their way to avoid mentioning nukular power shows me that their agenda has nothing to do with "saving the planet". Instead all of their solutions have been the same ones they've been touting for every real or imagined crisis from the "population bomb" to "dyng oceans" to "acid rain" to "ozone holes" to "social injustice" to "urban sprawl" to "rapacious capitalism".

Posted by: Raoul Ortega at October 8, 2007 11:44 AM

Nuclear power is making a comeback here, however it is has been strong in Europe for decades. In France, nukes power nearly 80% of the electricity. In Belgium and Sweden, nukes power about half the electrical output.

Please forgive the self-reference, but I covered this topic in a blog post: Jane Fonda, Nukes and Global Warming. Here's the link:


Posted by: Kurt Brouwer at October 8, 2007 4:10 PM

The first filing (with the NRC) for new reactors was for two boiling water reactors (BWRs), to be built by a generating holding company at an existing nuclear plant site about 80 mi. SW of Houston. The paperwork was sent in about 2 weeks ago. The BWR design is a GE/Toshiba product.

Other applications will soon be filed for sites in MD, IL, PA, SC, NY, and perhaps FL and AL.

Posted by: jim hamlen at October 8, 2007 9:46 PM