Forget nuclear, it's a 20th Century solution to the power problem. Plants take
far too long to build and the risks in case of natural disaster are too great.
We need a 21st Century solution.Go geothermal, go wind, go solar.
You can't tell me with all these mountains there isn't an abundant supply of
geothermal power available. Winds in the valley regularly cross 30MPH, don't say
we can't build a wind farm. There is plenty of wide open unused space out
towards the salt flats, ripe for fields of solar arrays. The way forward isn't
paved with 50+ year old tech.
60 years? I will be surprised if we don't have the thermonuclear technology
ready in 30 years.
Benifits: Electricity Cons: Death And not JUST for the immediate area of Utah. If the 'downwinders'
taught us anything it's that nuclear radiation disasters affect more than just
the immediate area. *'Low levels of radiation found in West Coast
milk' - By Mary Clare Jalonick - AP - Published by DSNews - 03/31/11
'Traces of radioactive Iodine-131 were found in milk in California and
Washington state, according to federal and state authorities who are monitoring
for contamination as the nuclear crisis unfolds in Japan.' Nuclear
radiation from Japan found in...Washington. We have other
alternatives. 'Solar plane completes historic 24-hour flight' - By
Eliane Engeler - AP - 07/08/10 'Aircraft could stay in the air
indefinitely, charging batteries from sun's rays.' What? We can't use solar power... in a desert??
"The way forward isn't paved with 50+ year old tech."Does
anybody else find it even a little bit ironic that someone who is proposing we
use windmills is also complaining about using 50+ year old technology?
"Utah does not need to become a colony providing California's
power."Why not? Sounds like a very sensible economic
opportunity for Utah.
@Counter Intelligence: Didn't you hear? California and Vegas are going to divide
up Utah for its natural resources. For a state with such a proud heritage I
don't know why our elected and appointed leaders don't stand up for our rights.
"For a state with such a proud heritage I don't know why our elected and
appointed leaders don't stand up for our rights."Like the right
to produce power and sell it to customers in other states, providing jobs,
income, and tax revenue for Utahns? Honestly, what rights are being
violated by the sale and purchase of water rights, the construction of a nuclear
power plant, and the production and sale of power? Those all seem like very
legal and consentual transactions.
Deltafoxtrot how many hot springs appear in West Valley, how much money are you
willing to invest in Geothermal? Perhaps you don't read that a proposed wind
farm in the Western Utah was apposed by the enviros worried about making
Why are we looking to begin a nuclear power plant when for many reasons Germany
and France are looking to get out of that power source they have been using for
years. We ought to closely study the European experience with nuclear power
before we follow their history. Remember the waste it produces too. European
countries were actively (and likely still are at some level) trying to get their
nuclear waste to our west desert. What will we do with our waste and where will
we get the water and at what cost enviromentally? Lots of questions need to
asked and answered before we follow a course many countries are leaving after
many years of using nuclear power.
"This is an investment that goes for your children and grandchildren. If
you look at it for today, it may not be the best, but if you look at it for 60
years from now, it almost always certainly is," he said.Those upfront
costs are high, he added, but the long-term benefit is a power source that lasts
60 years and provides a level of certainty and continuity in the power grid once
it's operational.Look at it 60 years from now and that's how long the same
article says it will last, I would argue that technology will make it obsolete
in 60 years.Proposed by Blue Castle Holdings, of which former state Rep.
Aaron Tilton is chief executive officer and president, the plant would require
50,600 acre feet of water per year in its production of 3,000 megawatts of
power.Follow the money... Aaron has been wheeling and dealing since
elected to serve himself.
RE: Pagan | 3:14 p.m/Your wrong.NO ONE has ever died
from nuclear power plant in the United States.But millions can
benefit from this cheap clean energy. Why so much fearmongering from
the far left? other sources (wind, geothermal, etc) are NOT in the
Those arguing against nuclear power are the same people who said floridating our
water would kill us all. Even if nuclear power only lasts for the next 60-70
years, it would be beneficial to everyone until then. If technology makes it
obsolete then, so be it. The frenetic push to make everything eco-friendly and
green to save our planet is a fad and will fade soon as people come to their
senses.Hopefully, the wasting of corn to make inefficient and
expensive gas additives will stop, as well, and countries can use it to feed the
starving poor of the world, not the political whims of the extremist radicals of
the Green parties of the world.
'Why so much fearmongering from the far left?' - the truth | 6:12 p.m. July 19,
2011 The Nuclear metldown in Fukushima Japan was not created by the
'far left.' It is an example, one that America must acknowledge
BEFORE we face the very same thing, ourselves. Not to MENTION the
fact that the US is beyond capacity for nuclear waste, right now.
*'Deseret News: Report Calls for Nuclear Waste Storage Solution' - By Amy Joi
O'Donoghue - DSNews - 05/28/09 "Revisiting America's Nuclear
Waste Policy" notes that 2,000 metric tons of nuclear fuel are generated by
U.S. reactors each year, to add to the more than 70,000 tons of spent fuel and
other high-level waste already being stored at 121 sites in 39 states."
An civil engineer once told me that wind, solar and geothermal are not
"backbones" to the power grid. They are not consistent in power
generation. In his opinion, nuclear was the only nextgen power generation model
that provided a backbone to the power grid. He also said the model could
include wind, solar and geothermal to "support" nuclear.I
support Utah going nuclear and let's get it going.To:armyvet48
France isn't looking to get rid of nuclear, Germany is. 80% of France's power
is nuclear generated and they have the cheapest electrical power costs in the
One Tax Payer: France's nuclear power is state run I believe, you know a
socialist utility company.
The funny about those of you complaining about the radiation from Japan's
meltdowns probably don't have a problem with Coal power. Did you know that Coal
power plants emit more radiation than a nuclear power plant operating
normally?Also, did you know that if designed as an air cooled plant,
and using 2nd and 3rd generation reactor designs that you can completely remove
the coolant and the plant will never meltdown?Nuclear power is safe,
only fearmongering anti-nuclear groups don't want it.