Tuesday, January 31, 2012

Leaky Nuclear Plants vs. Renewable Pipe Dreams

Cassandra Anderson
Activist Post

Recently a federal judge blocked Vermont from decommissioning the leaky Yankee nuclear reactor that is almost identical to Fukushima Reactor #1 (75% of US reactors are leaking radioactive material), using the excuse that only the corrupt federal Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC) can decommission a reactor. 


Under the Tenth Amendment States' Rights, states can do anything they want as long as it is not a power that is:

•  delegated to the federal government in the Constitution
•  prohibited to the states by the Constitution
•  prohibited to the state by its own constitution

The Constitution lacks provisions forcing a state to risk its citizens' lives in order to boost nuclear industry profits.

Constitutional Remedies

Vermont has a law that gives the state veto power over a reactor when its license from the Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC) is expired.  The judge in the Yankee case unconstitutionally invalidated the state law, and the NRC granted the Yankee plant a 20-year extension.  An appeal of the ruling would require a lot of time and effort.

A quick and simple option for Vermont would be to collect evidence proving leakage that endangers health or property in order to declare a State of Emergency that would put control over Yankee operations in the hands of the state.  It is unlikely that Vermont could decommission the reactor, but they could close it down until the necessary repairs were completed.  If the repairs were cost prohibitive, the effect would be to shut it down.

Vermont Governor Peter Shumlin's War on Climate

Because the Yankee nuclear plant provides 70% of Vermont's energy, a replacement energy source is required if Yankee were to close.  Governor Shumlin favors green renewable energy that is insufficient, unreliable and very costly.  Shumlin's energy plan is centered on the pipe dream of renewables providing 90% of electricity needs by 2050.  Coal is discounted in his fairy tale paradigm.

Governor Shumlin is either a global warming hoax sucker, or a globalist puppet intent on implementing UN Agenda 21 slavery through oppressive energy regulations that include cap-and-trade taxes.  The only way that renewables can become cost effective is to raise the price of the competition through carbon taxes (the objective of this program is to eliminate the competition).

The state of Vermont has played into UN Agenda 21 tyranny by signing on to an unconstitutional treaty between states, the Regional Greenhouse Gas Initiative, that implemented a mandatory cap-and-trade tax scheme in 2008.

Energy Options

Governor Shumlin shuns fracked natural gas because he doesn't believe there is a big enough supply of it in Vermont (no mention of potential groundwater pollution and the undisclosed ingredients).

The nuclear industry and some environmentalists are pushing for nuclear energy to be classified as a clean renewable energy due to low carbon emissions, but this becomes ridiculous in the face of Fukushima and its radioactive emissions.

Coal would be the cheapest energy replacement source for the Yankee plant.  But the EPA is is forcing coal plants to close by demanding cuts in sulfur dioxide and nitrous oxide emissions, the components of 'acid rain'.  The acid rain scam is as corrupt as the man-made global warming carbon dioxide hoax.  Not coincidentally, the first cap-and-trade scheme was invented for the acid rain ruse.

If the EPA were honest, it would admit that sulfur dioxide is not terribly toxic; and while it does cause death in humans at 500 ppm, it was found to be harmless in laboratory animals at 5 ppm.  Sulfur dioxide from coal smokestacks turns to solid particulates in the atmosphere and becomes cloud condensation nuclei.  Reports that tens of thousands of people have died from sulfur dioxide at low concentration are a fraud; one overlooked analysis showed that half the scientists agreed that there were zero health effects from acid rain.

The EPA is also attacking coal plant mercury output by relying on studies that paint the bleakest picture, while simultaneously ignoring more credible reports and sources showing no serious health effects (coal produced mercury levels have dropped dramatically).

The Hidden Costs of Nuclear Energy

Based on Shumlin's unrealistic energy fantasies, the Yankee plant seems to be the only real energy choice for Vermont right now.  Nearly 20% of energy in the US is produced by nuclear facilities.
Nuclear energy is far more expensive than other energy sources, but the real cost is hidden because of government subsidies, tax breaks, insurance schemes and legal loopholes.   Nuclear energy is estimated to be 60% greater than the cost of electricity from coal or gas fuel power plants.  Therefore, nuclear energy would die without massive taxpayer handouts because it could not survive in a free market.

Taxpayer-funded subsidies include: construction cost overruns, uranium mining tax incentives, high water usage subsidies and defaulted loan liability (taxpayers are on the hook for loans that are estimated to default at a 50% rate with $58 billion at risk).

Long-term storage for nuclear waste is paid by customers.  Decommissioning, which costs approximately $300 million, is passed on to the ratepayers.

Insurance rates are capped, which limits liability and keeps insurance rates extremely low compared to risk.  The federal Price Anderson program mandates that the utility must cover the first $300 million in the event of an accident, and all of the other nuclear plants across the country would contribute $96 million per reactor to an insurance pool, for a total of nearly $10 billion for that event.  However, a nuclear accident can cause damage that grossly exceeds $10 billion (Chernobyl was estimated to cost $350 billion, and Fukushima is off the charts). 

The government, funded by taxpayers, would be on the hook for the remainder.  Therefore, in a free market, commercial nuclear plants would cease to exist.

Nuclear utility corporations create limited liability subsidiary companies (LLCs) in order to limit their liability (accountability) and to transfer profits to the parent company in a tax-dodge scheme.

Corrupt Nuclear Regulators and Industry Lobbying

The NRC bows to the nuclear industry by failing to enforce regulations, ignoring dangerous industry practices, and barring public access to information and participation.

In 2007 when Obama was campaigning for the presidency, he criticized the Nuclear Regulatory Commission for "becoming a captive of the industries it regulates".  However, Obama has proven that his words are beyond trust: he has close ties with the nuclear industry that includes hefty campaign donations (bribes).

Between 1999 and 2009, the nuclear industry has spent $600 million on lobbying, with $63 million going toward campaign contributions.

The Future of Nuclear Power

Due to the high cost of nuclear power compared to low natural gas prices, the lack of interest in implementing carbon cap-and-trade schemes and the massive damage from the Fukushima disaster, only a handful of reactor projects are expected to be built.

Nuclear power is unpopular with taxpayers who are forced to assume the enormous risks for accidents and terrorism threats.  Ratepayers who must pay construction costs in advance are not too enthusiastic about nuclear energy either.

However, Obama's proposed 2012 budget mandates $97 million toward developing nuclear Small Modular Reactors (SMRs) which are untested, unproven, and can cause environmental damage similar to their larger counterparts.


Entergy's Yankee nuclear power plant will remain as the state's major power source because Governor Shumlin and Vermont's legislature lack the courage to challenge the federal government's overreach of authority over energy production.  It appears that Shumlin and the legislature "tried" to decommission the Yankee plant merely to make it look like they were acting in the public's interest to protect Vermont's citizens from radioactive pollution.  But they failed to present a viable energy replacement plan.

For more information about Agenda 21, environmental regulations, global warming and much more, please visit Cassandra Anderson's excellent Website Morph City


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Anonymous said...

The 10th Ammendment, like the rest of the Constitution, is dead. Once the sheeple realize the lie of limited government is over the quicker we can begin to build a new nation (or nations) that adhere to their own written Constitution.

Anarcho-Capitalist said...

CA correctly points out corruption in the NRC, the global warming scam, Agenda 21 slavery, et al.

The only authority the federal government has over environmental and energy issues is at the end of the barrel of a gun, done so, with a wildly expanded interpretation of the constitution, carried out by minions for elitists, going back a long, long time.

Asserting our individual rights assured to us in the 9th amendment, and states rights in the 10th amendment is the first step.

Ultimately, making it a misdemeanor or felony for a federal official to interfere or enforce unconstitutional law naturally follows, which is why state legislatures are now entertaining such legislation.

Paul Panza said...

Two nuclear events in USA since yesterday:


During the Three Mile Island nuclear accident, a 90% infant mortality spike occurred at McGee Hospital in Pittsburgh in western Pennsylvania due to the plume release. There is no known safe dose level of radiation, if you live within 300 miles of a nuclear plant you are exposed to constant bombardment that may cause you harm or exacerbate present medical conditions. The human body is capable of selective uptake when talking of mineral absorption; this means if you can eat organic, non-contaminated fresh fruit and vegetables your body will change out the radioactive minerals for the safer ones. People who live around the Shippingport Nuclear Facility, in Beaver County, Pennsylvania have been told not to eat from their gardens as they are not safe. This valley has the longest exposure to low-level, mid and high levels than any other group of people on the planet. So much corruption surrounds the nuclear fuel cycle, the Vital Statistic Records of our state were altered to cover up the the disease and death caused by the exposure to so called safe levels of radiation. The reason that these electrical generating facilities exist is to make weapons grade plutonium (WMDs), they are part of the military corporate complex, this is how the US military kills it own people. When the NRC and Duquesne Light Co. did the decommissioning of the the naval reactor at Shippingport PA., they turned off the warning system so they could cut the containment open to remove the core for transport. They did this because the mid-level and high-levels of radiation would have set off the alarms. This would mean that the people Beaver Valley took the hit from the core; as well as, those along the train route of the dismantled core. The commercial nuke generators have had thousands of releases just go to your local nuclear depository and read the Gray Books of each reactor and facility, if they haven't already been redacted. Hopefully, you can find your regional depository. One million new cancers a year from the normal release of radiation from nuke electrical generation.

Anonymous said...

VY does not produce 70% of the states electrical requirements.

"VY is Vermont's single largest supply source. It is a nominal 540 megawatt boiling water reactor, one of five operating nuclear plants in New England. In 2003, VY suppled almost 35 percent of Vermont's energy requirements and almost 28 percent of peak load."

Yes, the state will produce 90% of its electrical needs through renewables. Wood energy, rooftop solar, passive solar, bio-gas from dairy, hydro, wind, and conservation are all that are required. Thank you for correcting this article please. (in advance:-)

Anonymous said...

VY suppled almost 35 percent of Vermont's energy requirements and almost 28 percent of peak load.

Vt. has solar, wood, biogas from farms, wind, hydro, and passive solar to supplement what cannot be accomplished through conservation and elbow grease.

Anonymous said...

" But they failed to present a viable energy replacement plan."

Excuse me ! Vermont has in place 100% plus power contracts from suppliers other than nuclear. Even if Vermont Yankee continues the State will not benefit at all from the power that is generated. All that Vermont will keep is a handful of jobs and the pollution risks.

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