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Wednesday, 08 August 2012

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bob fulford

Add to this insane misuse of water our practice of emptying millions of bowels and bladders into it every day. Human logic? Spend billions of dollars looking for another planet with water to which we can move!

Michael G. Noll

Energy projects such as biomass plants, coal firing plants, and nuclear power plants waste enormous amounts of water. The once proposed 40MW biomass plant in Valdosta would have consumed 800,000 gallons of water DAILY. Considering that for years now we are experiencing record drought conditions and heat waves in the US, this should make everyone's hair stand up on the back of their necks. (For more information on "Electricity's Thirst on a Precious Resource" see http://www.ucsusa.org/assets/documents/clean_energy/ew3/ew3-freshwater-use-by-us-power-plants.pdf

Add to this scenario a recent decision by the US Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC) to freeze all nuclear reactor construction and operating licenses in the U.S. http://www.sacbee.com/2012/08/07/4702489/nrc-freezes-all-nuclear-reactor.html#storylink=cpy

Why? As the Blue Ridge Environmental Defense League (BREDL) summarized: "The Court noted that, after decades of failure to site a repository, including twenty years of working on the now-abandoned Yucca Mountain repository, the NRC has no long-term plan other than hoping for a geologic repository. Therefore it is possible that spent fuel will be stored at reactor sites *on a permanent basis*. Under the circumstances, the NRC must examine the environmental consequences of failing to establish a repository when one is needed."

That begs the question what will happen with the radioactive waste that is accumulating here in Georgia and in connection with plants like Vogtle, Hatch, and others?

Thankfully some people and institutions are finally seeing the writing on the wall. Thus it is noteworthy that the White House just fast-tracked better energy alternatives: http://www.eenews.net/public/Greenwire/2012/08/07/2

When will Southern Company & Georgia Power finally wake up?

Michael G. Noll, President
Wiregrass Activists for Clean Energy (WACE)

P.S.: Join us in our efforts to put pressure on Georgia Power so that they may finally see the wind and solar powered light! http://www.wiregrass-ace.org/linked/Call_For_Action-Go_Solar_Not_Nuclear.pdf

Michael G. Noll

Please note a recent article in the New York Times about the best alternative to nuclear power in Georgia: http://www.nytimes.com/2012/08/12/magazine/the-secret-to-solar-power.html?_r=1

To quote from the article: "... the reality of the [solar] industry — as evidenced by the enormous investments that companies like Google and Bank of America are making in residential solar power — is that it has rapidly become a smart, practical and profitable investment."

Michael G. Noll, President
Wiregrass Activists for Clean Energy (WACE)

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