CRUDE AWAKENING:The footprint of nuclear energy in the United States

The footprint of nuclear power in the US is the size of Godzilla.  Here’s why:

1. Due to the Japanese holocost, the new era of nuclear plant construction in the US will have to be reexamined.

2. Because of this Fukushima disaster, Wall Street has refused to to underwrite loans for any new nuclear plant unless 100% of the loan is guaranteed by the federal government.

3. At $10 billion per reactor will nuclear reactors be too expensive to build?

4. Some observers say that low natural gas makes gas turbines a cheaper option, whereas others say that we should double or triple the size of our nuclear fleet to face our ongoing energy challenges.

Money and fear have made the job of the nuclear industry a lot tougher.


About bettybyrd

Betty Byrd is an editor, author, and actress. She graduated from the University of Arizona with a degree in creative writing, and furthered her literary career through graduate studies at Ohio State University. She was an editor for The Spectator, Ohio’s largest weekly newspaper, and has free – lanced for a national men’s magazine. Betty has appeared in film and television, as well as numerous commercials and mini-series. She is a voting member of the American Federation of Television Artists and also of the Screen Actors Guild. In 2002-2003 Betty was accepted into the Who’s Who of America and in 2007-2008, the Who’s Who of American Women. Her previous literary works include a novel, Trinity’s Daughter, for which she was honored as a local author by the San Diego Public Library. She is also a recipient of a first place fiction writing award for her new novel, Utopia, Texas at the prestigious Santa Barbara Writer’s Conference. Betty has had successful book-signings across the country to large crowds at local Barnes and Nobles and other bookstores. She has been featured in newspapers, and appeared on NBC – TV, and radio talk shows. Betty currently lives in Southern California with her husband and family.
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