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'Reactor Reax' - Roundup uf Nuclear Weapons and Evegy Stories

This is a good roundup of information put together by Physicians for Social Responsibility and delivered to our viewers on a weekly basis.

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(WASHINGTON D.C.) - There are big questions over the escalating cost of a nuclear facility under construction in the state of Virginia. It isn't to say there aren't answers; the developers are simply going to pass the cost along to the taxpayer once the reactors are completed.

Of course red states like Virginia are famous for their support of war and everything nuclear.

States with a more purple tinge like Iowa are dealing with an influx of pro-nuclear lobbyists and as this takes place, and a tough guy named Mario Cuomo in a blue eastern seaboard state has stepped forward and declared he wants to shut a plant down, but his steps are soft and so far ineffective.

This is a good roundup of information that is put together by Physicians for Social Responsibility and delivered to our viewers on a weekly basis. It is important that Americans and all citizens worldwide not take their eye off this ball.

Georgia Power, PSC staff debate Vogtle cost overruns, Atlanta Journal Constitution, July 5, 2011. "Customers will pay for construction costs once the reactors are finished in 2016 and 2017. The amount has not been set and would include cost overruns, if approved by the PSC. Consumer advocates say not having an additional system to keep costs under control is a financial break in favor of the utility."

Renewable Energy Production Surpasses Nuclear, Domestic Fuel, July 5, 2011. "Renewable energy production has surpassed nuclear energy production in the U.S. according to the latest issue of Monthly Energy Review published by the Energy Information Administration. Production of alternative energy is also beginning to close in on domestic oil production."

Nuclear Power Industry 0-6 in 2011, Blog for Iowa, "Deep-pocketed nuclear power lobbyists may pack a big punch in Washington, D.C., but they are getting knocked out altogether at the state legislative level. So far in 2011, the nuclear power industry has a record of zero wins and six losses in Iowa, Kentucky, Minnesota, Missouri, North Carolina, and Wisconsin."

Cuomo Takes Tough Stance on Nuclear Reactors, New York Times, June 28, 2011. "Mr. Cuomo has repeatedly taken the position in speeches that he wants to close the plant. But his administration had not delivered the message so directly to the company, or in such strong words, and company officials left the meeting alarmed."

Nuke Plant Inspections Find Flaws in Disaster Readiness, ProPublica, June 29, 2011. "A special inspection of U.S. nuclear plants after the Fukushima disaster in Japan revealed problems with emergency equipment and disaster procedures that are far more pervasive than publicly described by the Nuclear Regulatory Commission, a review of inspection reports by ProPublica shows."

Natural Gas Taking America's Electric Power Sector by Storm, The Energy Collective, July 7, 2011. "Many view natural gas as the key feature of the United States' new energy economy. Whether this is true or not is still to be determined. What is evident, though, is that natural gas is a growing energy resource for America. According to the latest data from the U.S. Energy Information Administration (EIA), electricity produced from natural gas has increased 44% over the past ten years."

Design Flaw Fueled Nuclear Disaster, Wall Street Journal, July 1, 2011. "Some senior engineers at Tokyo Electric Power Co. knew for years that five of its nuclear reactors in Fukushima prefecture had a potentially dangerous design flaw, but the company didn't fully upgrade them, dooming them to failure when the earthquake hit, a Wall Street Journal examination of the disaster shows."

"Reactor Reax" is featured on www.NuclearBailout.org, a Web site maintained by Physicians for Social Responsibility.

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