Wednesday, June 17, 2009

Go Green, Build Nukes

Last summer, with gasoline over $4 a gallon, the leading criticism of off shore drilling was that it would take 10 years to get the first barrel of oil out of the ground.

Now. We're one year into that 10 years. How close are we to having a reliable alternative to oil and coal.

Well, we have one. It's called nuclear. And it looks like Duke Energy wants to build a nuke plant in Piketon Ohio.

An announcement by Duke Energy and state and federal officials about plans for Ohio’s first nuclear power plant in more than 20 years is expected Thursday morning at the federal government’s uranium enrichment facility in Piketon in Pike County, according to reports.

Gov. Ted Strickland, Senator George Voinovich and Rep. Jean Schmidt along with executives from several energy companies are expected to participate in an announcement about a “new clean energy partnership” at the Piketon facility, according to an advisory from USEC Inc., which operates the Piketon facility and is building a uranium enrichment facility there.

So it looks like we have lefties in the fold on this. But will the greens get in the way of using the best and greenest technology, available to date, so that in ten years we can have that power on line?

My guess is that they will continue their Quixotic pursuit of wind mills.

I'll keep the clock running. My guess is that in ten years, nukes will still be the best power source available.


1 comment:

Anonymous said...

I will start to believe in windmills when I see the first windmill manufacturing plan that runs solely on windmill power.

Just like I will believe in ethanol when I see corn farmers that run their whole operation on ethanol that only they produce.

In other words, it ain't gonna happen.