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Nuclear Plants Rely on Corporate Welfare

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January 23, 2014

Contrary to nuclear industry spin, Limerick Nuclear Power Plant is operating at the public’s expense. The aging, degrading Limerick facility is on life support in a corporate welfare scheme that should outrage any fiscal conservative.

The nuclear welfare scheme includes liability caps, direct payments, loan guarantees, energy subsidies and other forced public financial contributions that cover construction, high level radioactive waste storage, decommissioning, and hidden costs. A calculation of current public assistance that is used by nuclear power is 96 percent of the funding available, leaving less than 4 percent for all other forms of electrical generation.

This has hurt diversity in energy innovation and associated job creation. It has slowed the development of advances in existing technologies, inhibited green innovation, suppressed energy pollution reduction, and constrained progress in curbing global warming.

It is a myth that nuclear power doesn’t contribute to global warming. The fact is that nuclear power has the largest carbon footprint of any energy source other than fossil fuel.

The promised benefits of Limerick were all based on myths and lies. In the 1980s, PECO claimed that Limerick’s electricity would be “too cheap to meter.” However, PECO’s original estimate of $326 million actually turned into $6.8 billion. By 1997, PECO’s electric rates had skyrocketed to 55 percent above the national average.

PECO/Exelon has never even paid its fair share of property taxes on Limerick Nuclear Plant property. From 1985 to 2002 they paid zero. This unfairly over-burdened local taxpayers.

Adding insult to injury, huge decommissioning funds are required due to radioactive contamination at the Limerick site. Believe it or not ratepayers’ monthly electric bills include payments into Limerick’s decommissioning fund. And ratepayers could end up paying even more because Exelon mismanaged its portion of the fund, as reported January 18, 2012 in the Mercury story by Evan Brandt: “Limerick Nuke Plant’s Need for $100 Million May Lead to Rate Hike.”

Another deceptive myth is that Limerick is essential to producing local electricity. That’s not true. All the nuclear plants in America together produce less than 20 percent of the nation’s electricity. Limerick produces less than half of 1 percent of the nation’s electricity, which goes to the grid. Local electricity comes from all the sources providing electricity to the grid, including solar and wind.

In the beginning, electric companies were reluctant to invest in nuclear power because of the enormous risks and costs. Unable to persuade private electric companies to invest in nuclear reactors, the government stepped in providing liability protection to encourage investment.

Over the past 50 years, public subsidies and financial incentives have increased, while nuclear energy has proved ever more costly, risky, and dangerous.

In 2011, the Union of Concerned Scientists examined nuclear power’s economic impacts and policy implications – past, present, and proposed – including public risks and hidden costs. The title of its report says it all, “Nuclear Power: Still Not Viable Without Subsidies.”

Nuclear lobbyists are even trying to abolish wind credits. Ironically, Exelon generates electricity with wind power. It has received $75 million to $100 million in wind credits. In addition, Exelon has invested in a solar park in California and solar power at the Philadelphia Navy Yard. Exelon has used coal. It does not serve the public’s interests for nuclear power to exert so much control over how our electricity is supplied.

Politicians need to wake up and stop this unjust, infuriating corporate nuclear welfare scheme. They must stop voting for nuclear industry subsidies and protect the public’s financial interests. More information on Limerick Nuclear Plant’s costs to the public can be found at www.acereport.org – Section #18 “Financial Injustice.”

BETTY and CHARLIE SHANK

http://www.pottsmerc.com/opinion/20140124/nuclear-plants-rely-on-corporate-welfare

The steady drip of leaks concerning illicit NSA surveillance sweeps has incited a host of idiotic calumnies directed at Snowden and Greenwald, strategically conceived as damage control. Early on, a chorus of howls from the intelligence underground warned of Snowden’s dangerous “narcissism.” Apparently, intrusive mass data mining is permissible if the bleeding messenger is infatuated with himself.

He was also a “traitor.” Never mind that Snowden sacrificed his own well-being,  was forced into exile, after blowing the whistle on massive constitutional infractions. Damage control rendered him Benedict Arnold.

Obama wanted to put Snowden on trial for violating an arcane espionage act — and let the obvious criminals at the NSA go. Keith Alexander recently stepped down from his perch at the agency after lying to Congress. But only a few misdirected “radicals” on the left vocalized the obvious: prosecute Alexander. Lying to Congress is a felony under 18 U.S. Code § 1001, but Obama, the constitutional attorney, and all of the king’s men couldn’t put that one together.

Speaking of Kings, Rep. Peter King has made some the most histrionic and imaginative accusations on record, as is his fashion. After the New York Times published an opinion that Snowden should be offered clemency, King seared the newspaper with his own “criminal” branding iron. Viewers of Murdoch-TV smelled the fumes:

“Edward Snowden is either a traitor, or a defector, or both, and The New York Times is an accomplice,” King said in an appearance on Fox News. “They’re a disgrace. Their editors are a disgrace, and I wish they cared more about America than they did about the rights of terrorists’ appeasers.”

But as the TechDirt website recently noted, Peter King is “perfectly fine with white Irish terrorists, seeing as he went on record during the 80s stating his support for the IRA, which notably bombed a shopping center during the Christmas season, killing six and injuring 90. He was very concerned about their civil rights. Those were his kind of terrorists.”

Apparently, King will happily appease terrorists himself so long as they don’t read the Koran.

But he isn’t appeasing self-loving NSA leakers. Or the Chief Executive: “Peter King: Edward Snowden Is Pulling Obama’s ‘Puppet Strings,'” reports NewsMax. Two liberal birds with one shot.

“Puppet” Obama’s prosecutors filed sealed charges against the leaker early on, in June, 2013, for “unauthorized communication of national defense information,” and “willful communication of classified communications intelligence information to an unauthorized person.” The charges remain sealed, but they are deadly serious. Obama has his national security knives out for Snowden, clearly.  The “strings” are so imperceptible that only terrorist appeaser King can see them.

Journalist Glenn Greenwald has also been wiping phlegm from his face since The Guardian began publishing his reports on total NSA information awareness. Ironically, the most recent slander was issued by a congressman entrusted with watching the detectives (they’re so cute), House Intelligence Committee Chairman Mike Rogers (R-Mich.).

Rogers maintains that Greenwald is selling secrets “for personal gain.” This is a new twist in conservative undergarments. “A thief selling stolen material is a thief,” he maintains. A = A.

Politico: “During the hearing on global threats to U.S. interests, Rogers raised the issue repeatedly, referring to ‘discussions of selling access to this material to both newspaper outlets and other places.'” The issue was raised during “a hearing on on global threats to U.S. interests”:

“To the best of your knowledge, fencing stolen material — is that a crime?” he asked FBI Director James Comey.

“It would be,” in most cases, Comey said. However, he quickly added that it would be “complicated” in a situation where the person selling that information was engaged in a newsgathering activity because of “First Amendment implications.”

Undeterred, Rogers continued to flay this dead, rotting horse: “If I’m a newspaper reporter for fill-in-the-blank and I sell stolen material, is that legal because I’m a newspaper reporter?”

Comey — even he, a national security zealot — politely rejected the “fencing” misnomer: “’If you’re a newspaper reporter and you’re hawking stolen jewelry, it’s still a crime,’ Comey said, before adding that the issue of a journalist selling access to information was ‘a harder question.'”

Greenwald, in response: “What they’re trying to do is to remove it from the realm of journalism, so that they can then criminalize it.” This is why Director of Natioanal Intelligence James Clapper referred to any journalist working with Snowden as a criminal “accomplice.”

AG Eric Holder has stated publicly that he does not plan to prosecute anyone engaged “in true journalistic activity,” but the national security elite want reporters behind bars … so the true criminals — Alexander, Clapper, King, Rogers, et al. — can “roam” free and unmolested, abusing the Constitution and anyone with an iPhone or Game Boy — toward any ends that happen to enter their totalistic little heads — behind the barbed-wire veil of secrecy.

Has any scandal in the history of American intelligence ever been this farcical? I suggest that we save the silly rhetoric for Jon Stewart’s writers, and initiate criminal proceedings against the actual felons — the jingoistic narcissists of America’s national security crime family.