Global Warming Advocates Ignore Reality of Nuclear Energy

 

“A new type of nuclear reactor—smaller than a rail car and one tenth the cost of a big plant—is emerging as a contender to reshape the nation’s resurgent nuclear power industry.”

Talking to advocates for Global Warming regulation, like the “Clean Energy Jobs Act” currently before the Wisconsin Legislature, one is continually amazed at their reliance on technologies that have yet to be conceived. 

Yet, most refuse to acknowledge real advances in nuclear technology that make Wisconsin’s Nuclear Moratorium objectively ridiculous.  Continuing this moratorium in their bill calls into question whether they really believe global warming is the crisis they say it is.

This Wall Street Journal article is about nuclear reactors the size of a house that can be buried at existing nuclear or coal plants to produce safe, emission free energy for at least 60-years at a reasonable cost.

“The first units likely would be built adjacent to existing nuclear plants, many of which were originally permitted to have two to four units but usually have only one or two. Down the road, utilities could replace existing coal-fired power plants with small reactors in order to take advantage of sites already served by transmission lines and, in some cases, needed for grid support. Like any other power plants, these small reactors could be easily hooked up to the power grid.”

The company that developed this system has been making similar units that have been safely operating in American nuclear submarines for decades.

The technology could be approved by the Nuclear Regulatory Commission in the next several years. 

“While large reactors are built on site, a process that can take five years, the mPower reactors would be manufactured in Babcock & Wilcox’s factories in Indiana, Ohio or Virginia and transported by rail or barge. That could cut construction times in half, experts believe.”

Tell your elected representatives to oppose any global warming bill that doesn’t encourage nuclear energy in Wisconsin.  Use WUI PowerLines to make yourself heard!

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