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Going Nuclear
The Washington Post ^ | April 16, 2006 | Patrick Moore

Posted on 04/16/2006 2:23:48 PM PDT by SK85

In the early 1970s when I helped found Greenpeace, I believed that nuclear energy was synonymous with nuclear holocaust, as did most of my compatriots. That's the conviction that inspired Greenpeace's first voyage up the spectacular rocky northwest coast to protest the testing of U.S. hydrogen bombs in Alaska's Aleutian Islands. Thirty years on, my views have changed, and the rest of the environmental movement needs to update its views, too, because nuclear energy may just be the energy source that can save our planet from another possible disaster: catastrophic climate change.

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TOPICS: Unclassified
KEYWORDS: energy; globalwarminghoax; greenpeace; greenspirit; nuclearenergy; patrickmoore

1 posted on 04/16/2006 2:23:48 PM PDT by SK85
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To: SK85

If France can do it, why can't we?

They've been way, way, way ahead of the game in that department.


2 posted on 04/16/2006 2:30:15 PM PDT by CheyennePress
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To: SK85

No Scrappleface? No Onion? This is a joke, right? Talk about strange bedfellows! This is tantamount to Satan walking down the aisle and getting saved.


3 posted on 04/16/2006 2:32:05 PM PDT by Migraine (...diversity is great (until it happens to you)...)
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To: Migraine
This is tantamount to Satan walking down the aisle and getting saved.

This is a liberal who was mugged by reality.

4 posted on 04/16/2006 2:40:34 PM PDT by rhombus
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To: SK85

Here's an important link for folks who want more info on nuclear energy...

http://www.nucleartourist.com/


5 posted on 04/16/2006 2:44:27 PM PDT by Dark Skies
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To: SK85

Well, now that Greenpeace approves, I guess we can move ahead. Just a little 30-year delay. Does this mean that press coverage starts to become favorable now?


6 posted on 04/16/2006 2:45:36 PM PDT by speedy
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To: SK85

Although I agree with the author about nuke energy....this turnaround is all about the global warming agenda.


7 posted on 04/16/2006 2:50:01 PM PDT by fizziwig (Democrats: so far off the path, so incredibly vicious, so sadly pathetic.)
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To: SK85

Not bad. Better thirty years ago, though....


8 posted on 04/16/2006 2:51:03 PM PDT by Grut
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To: SK85

9 posted on 04/16/2006 3:02:26 PM PDT by Dark Skies
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To: Dark Skies

So, let's make a deal. How many nuclear plants would it take to shut them up about global warming?


10 posted on 04/16/2006 3:31:24 PM PDT by ClaireSolt (.)
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To: ClaireSolt

"Thirty years on, my views have changed....."

Well............DAAAAAHHHH!

That's what happens to tree huggers when they don't get the facts in first place.

Same goes for the Yucca Mountain crowd!


11 posted on 04/16/2006 3:38:38 PM PDT by EnglishOnly
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To: ClaireSolt
Dunno.

I like nuclear power because I feel it might in some way enable us to stick it to OPEC. I would rather drive a car with a long extension cord than pay jizya to the Wahhabis and Iranian shia.

12 posted on 04/16/2006 3:38:40 PM PDT by Dark Skies
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To: rhombus
>>>>"This is a liberal who was mugged by reality"<<<<

Hey I resemble that! Voted for Carter, sent Money to the Friends of the Earth yada yada yada

I dropped out of caring about politics etc for years and then heard Rush Limbaugh during the Clarence Thomas Hearings, and then Reality smacked me in the face.

I won't hold this guys past against him unless he regresses and then I'm all for Intervention.

TT
13 posted on 04/16/2006 4:04:55 PM PDT by TexasTransplant (NEMO ME IMPUNE LACESSET)
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To: CheyennePress
If France can do it, why can't we?

They've been way, way, way ahead of the game in that department.

France has 35 nuclear plants. the US has 105 nuclear plants. We are a much larger country.

14 posted on 04/16/2006 4:05:44 PM PDT by jec41 (Screaming Eagle)
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To: SK85
Duh. Nevertheless, it's good to see this article by a certified environmentalist in one of the major opinion-forming newspapers.

We need nuclear power, but nothing will be licensed or built until the trend-following sheep are persuaded that nuclear power has been approved by the opinion leaders they blindly follow. No liberal politician will climb on board until the environmental movement gives him permission.

It's only about 20 years too late. Dear Jane Fonda, who lent her image to the North Vietnamese at a key point in time, lent her image to the movement to end nuclear power plant construction. Three-Mile Island, followed up by this movie might be said to mark a decisive moment in leftist opinion manipulation:


15 posted on 04/16/2006 4:08:01 PM PDT by Cicero (Marcus Tullius)
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To: TexasTransplant

LOL! A conversion experience! Congrats to you, and I hope we don't have to do Intervention on him! (Stuff a copy of the NYT in his mouth until he can't stand the taste of that garbage anymore?)


16 posted on 04/16/2006 4:08:04 PM PDT by livius
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To: jec41

We have 105 nuclear plants, maybe, but they are all getting old. It's been a long time since the last one was built. Several were torn down after being built, in fact, because of political pressure.

We started out well, and pioneered nuclear power, but then we caved in to the environmentalists and the fear mongers.


17 posted on 04/16/2006 4:09:49 PM PDT by Cicero (Marcus Tullius)
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To: livius
I'm sure that I am not the only Convert the "Godfather" of Talk Radio has added to his ever growing (by leaps and bounds) listeners.

He is, his philosophy, show etc what I was, I just thought that the actions that I was taking at the time would further MY agenda and I learned that I was being lied to so I dropped out. When Rush came on the scene he wasn't asking for money or anything else, he challenged me to disagree with him and point by point we agreed on just about 90% and that was when I was in the Military, now I'm a Capitalist and I probably agree about 95% the 5% disagreement usually lands in the "not ripping the innards from those that welch on campaign promises" Rush is too easy on squishy politicians. (I'm a Warrior, turncoats and liabilities need to be delt with immediately and neutralized as they are discovered)

TT
18 posted on 04/16/2006 4:28:23 PM PDT by TexasTransplant (NEMO ME IMPUNE LACESSET)
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To: TexasTransplant

Nuclear Power is exactly where we need to expand, and quickly, it would spur all other alternate (as in other than Oil) fuel development technologies and is compatible with existing distribution infrastructure.

TT


19 posted on 04/16/2006 4:33:18 PM PDT by TexasTransplant (NEMO ME IMPUNE LACESSET)
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To: TexasTransplant
"not ripping the innards from those that welch on campaign promises"

I agree. But we'd probably be up to our eyeballs in innards if we did that - Yuck!

20 posted on 04/16/2006 4:37:40 PM PDT by livius
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To: SK85
So, Greenpeace now admits that their arguments against nuclear energy were specious at best or out right lies at worst.

We would not be in the position we are in now if national policy had not been set by CRACKPOTS! And now, when the country is in crisis in regard to oil prices, we are told, well folks after reviewing the evidence that has always been available, nuclear power is the way to go. Sorry. Further they show their purity of purpose and great knowledge by identifying themselves as environmental activists. Idiots. Our country could be brought down by oil exporters and a very active deadly war will result. With sufficient nuclear energy we could convert coal, oil shale, and tar sands into petroleum. This would enable us to support our allies and tell the oil dictators to eat sand. After reading the article I am convinced these self righteous people have no idea what they have done to our nation, indeed the world. GERRRRRRRRR!!!!!
21 posted on 04/16/2006 5:30:06 PM PDT by Nuc1 (NUC1 Sub pusher SSN 668 (Liberals Aren't Patriots))
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To: SK85

YOu sure this isn't John F'n Kerry?
He was against it before he was for it???


22 posted on 04/16/2006 5:32:16 PM PDT by tet68 ( " We would not die in that man's company, that fears his fellowship to die with us...." Henry V.)
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To: SK85

Bookmarked


23 posted on 04/16/2006 6:02:07 PM PDT by chaosagent (Remember, no matter how you slice it, forbidden fruit still tastes the sweetest!)
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To: Nuc1
>>>>"With sufficient nuclear energy we could convert coal, oil shale, and tar sands into petroleum"<<<<

We could do a lot more than that, so we could charge the batteries of the Prius and they can get that advertised 100 mpg and at the same time we can make Fresh water from Salt water, create Hydrogen for fuel cells, warm water for hydroponics, Natural Gas to Diesel and the list goes on and on and on.

Get Enviro Wackos and Government out of the way and we will do just fine, just one more reason for Term Limits and another reason that those that seek Political Office and think that it is a Career need to be fired and let them return to the body Governed. First shot over the Bow should be the Fair Tax, which rids us of the IRS, when that Institution bites the dust to much fanfare, the rest of these ingrate Govt entities will see the writing on the wall and they will bend or they will be gone as well.

TT
24 posted on 04/16/2006 6:35:48 PM PDT by TexasTransplant (NEMO ME IMPUNE LACESSET)
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To: Cicero

I was in college near Philly (70 miles east) during the TMI episode. The two things I most remember in my own immediate life are: (1) we had a really hot gal living down the hall in our dorm who was from northern CA - her mother pulled her out of school and we never saw her again (waste of a good education and a great loss to our dorm); (2) I had to suppress laughter when my left-wing Poli Sci professor was absolutely red-faced furious at our college physics profs, who were telling everyone who asked (after the initial crisis had passed) that they were in no danger and that the matter was being misdescribed and misunderstood by the media, etc. How dare physicists tell the media (or poli sci profs) what they don't know about nuclear physics!!!!


25 posted on 04/16/2006 9:22:38 PM PDT by Enchante (Democrats: "We are ALL broken and worn out, our party & ideas, what else is new?")
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To: TexasTransplant
I forgot "DRILL ANWR"

Sheesh ANWR, the Gulf, Florida, California and I wish they would find a HUGE reserve 50 feet from the Kennedy Compound and they (the Kennedys) would have NO Mineral Rights to it. (Life can't be that sweet, but it ought to be).

TT
26 posted on 04/16/2006 10:09:26 PM PDT by TexasTransplant (NEMO ME IMPUNE LACESSET)
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To: TexasTransplant
I absolutely agree with you. So much, so close, and just nitwits in the way. Well, it appears that reality is fixin to whack us on the nose. Then we citizens will team up, adapt, roll up our sleeves, and get to work building this great nation once again. Moulder used to rant about peak oil and its impact upon civilization. Well, we won't reach actual peak oil but IMHO we will get a political peak oil if events continue to unfold as have been recently. Net effect...more nukes, less imported oil, and the distinct possibility of being able to show the American people what liars and deceivers the left really is. I can hardly wait;)
27 posted on 04/17/2006 5:50:43 PM PDT by Nuc1 (NUC1 Sub pusher SSN 668 (Liberals Aren't Patriots))
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