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Wednesday, October 10, 2007

Nuclear Hummer

Pictures like this are true examples showing that the world is shit out of bricks. In a supposedly environmental conscious nation, not only are people buying these monstrosities of a vehicle, but now there are exclusive car dealerships just for the sake of selling them. The above picture is from the Hummer dealership of the town I was born in, and it behooves me to say that maybe it is just too f..ing late to stop the course we are on.

However, withstanding my pessimism, at least there has been some good news coming from the environmental front. The American Electric Power Co. agreed to a 4.6 billion dollar settlement with the North-Eastern states just yesterday. For years dirty coal-fired power plants in the Ohio region have been spewing off toxic emissions effecting the entire North-East. The pollutants have been attributed to causing acid rain and as a result killing of natural habitats. While other corporate behemoths such as Exxon-Mobil are still ducking and covering, at least one corporate entity will have to pay.

Adding a little more optimism, Vermont Senator Sanders declared that Vermonters have no faith in the Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC). Sanders recently introduced legislation that will allow neighboring states of nuclear power plants to request an independent evaluation of their safety. What a novel idea, instead of trusting the evaluation of the NRC, which incidentally is primarily composed of industry “experts,” Sanders wants to give surrounding governors the power to request having an independent verification of the nuclear plants safety. (For those outside of Vermont, the Vermont Yankee Nuclear power plant recently had two major mishaps shortly after the NRC declared its safe operation.) So instead of waiting twenty years after environmental calamities to have taken place, a neighboring state can potential put a check on dangerous operations.

While holding my breath with this optimism, one would not have to look too hard to see where the pessimism will come from. Enter stage right, but of course, Vermont Governor Douglass. The Governor stated, “it is presumptuous for (Sanders) to say that Vermonters have no faith in the NRC.” A good portion of the state is in an uproar over the status of the Vermont Yankee plant, but unfortunately the Governor lives in a George Bush induced coma of denial and answers only to the party line. Just a few months ago, the Governor vetoed a tax increase of the plant and has continuously whistled to the tune of business, while neglecting the real needs of the people.

It is well know of the oil industry’s corruption of the president, so what is the likelihood of a Republican Vermont’s governors capitulating to the nuclear industry. As the saying goes “birds of a feather flock together,” so when Governor Douglas states "I am somebody of the same political party and we get along pretty well," and "[t]he president is the leader of my party and I am a proud Republican,” one should seriously wonder about his priorities.

While it appears, the world is still going in a hand-basket there still is at least some rays of hope. For today, one industry is anteing up and paying for the environmental havoc they have caused. Let us hope we can remove the inflexible business pragmatists like Governor Douglass before the whole planet becomes radioactive from nuclear power or over-heated from the hummer driven crazed zombies.

Robb Kidd

“All the waste in a year from a nuclear power plant can be stored under a desk.” From another lying Republican kook, Ronald Reagan, the Great Bullshiter


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