Nuclear power came to the U.S. following the
second World War, with the Atomic Energy Act of 1946 a bill
championed by a Democratic controlled U.S. House of Representatives
and signed into law by Harry Truman, a Democratic president.
Republican leadership contributed significantly to civilian nuclear
development as well, with the first commercial nuclear power plant
opened under President Dwight Eisenhower. With John F. Kennedy
and Lyndon B. Johnson -- Democratic presidents -- the commercial
nuclear industry expanded dramatically in the 1960s.
once an issue that enjoyed bipartisan support, however, split along
party lines in the late 1970s and early 1980s. Democrats, who
increasingly drew support from the growing "green"
environmentalist movement listened to concerns from their base about
toxic nuclear waste. Accidents like the Three Mile Island
incident of 1979 cemented the party's opposition to nuclear
Today the nuclear industry has moved beyond its
"dirty" past; countries like Japan and France enjoy
safe, and cheap nuclear energy. You could tear down every
nuclear reactor in the U.S. and replace them five to ten fold with
these modern designs, while keeping waste levels constant -- or even
shrinking them. However, nonsensically some in the
environmentalist movement have fought adoption of modern designs out
of a outdated mistrust, ultimately hurting both the environment and
the U.S. public.
U.S. Barack Obama in his address Wednesday
night indicated that he looks to silence his party's opposition to
the now green and clean energy source and push the U.S. to embrace
the benefits of modern nuclear power. Addressing the
nation, he described, "To create more of these clean energy
jobs, we need more production, more efficiency, more incentives. And
that means building a new generation of safe, clean nuclear power
plants in this country."
Those words come as a shock to
many conservatives and liberals alike, as many assumed Obama to be be
anti-nuclear due to his seemingly pointedly silence about nuclear
energy during his election campaign. He faces tough skepticism
from his own party on the move. As recently as the 2008
election, Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, a prominent Democratic,
has been a critic of nuclear energy. She stated during a 2008
interview, "I am agnostic about nuclear. I am very skeptical
that nuclear could become acceptable in most regions of the country,
and I am doubtful that we have yet figured out how to deal with the
Others on both sides of the aisle have voiced
Still, Democrats are warming to the idea of
nuclear power, as are some in the environmentalist movement.
The real question now becomes whether Obama can push nuclear power
past its opponents. President George W. Bush also was a proponent of
nuclear energy, but a combined lack of decisive action on his part
and legislative opposition led to the nation making little real
progress on nuclear power during his eight year presidency.
Obama do better? That's an intriguing question. The
nation in 2008 received 19.6 percent of its power from nuclear
sources. If groups like The Clean and Safe Energy Coalition
have that number could soon rise significantly, with new construction
of dozens of plants. The group says
that 32 new plant proposals are pending. Can those proposals
make it past the Nuclear
Regulatory Commission? That remains to be seen. But
it is clear for now that momentum is mounting for the U.S. to catch
up to the rest of the industrialized world in clean nuclear energy --
a notion supported by President Obama and many conservatives and
quote: Did you see the supreme court judge just shake his head left to right and you could read his lips, "No that is a lie". Obama was trying to take credit for some change in the Justice area. Opps... I guess that is a bad idea to do right in front of the guys who actually did the work.
quote: Actually, wasn't Obama saying how big of a mistake it was to uncap political funding from private organizations like corporations and such?
quote: Still in place are the limits on direct campaign contributions to political candidates. Obama and the Democrats are just pissed because now groups that don't support them will be able to create ads.
quote: You, sir, are a moron. Obama was criticizing the Supreme Court's overturning of a 100 year old law that barred corporations from directly funding political campaigns. As if corporate lobbying wasn't bad enough before.
quote: The ruling had nothing to do with lobbying or campaign funding anyway. Where do you get your information ?? It was a ruling stopping Corporations from spending their own profits to advertise for a party or canidate.
quote: Isn't one of the major uses of campaign funding advertising for a party or candidate?
quote: Please take your political views somewhere else, we believe in science hear [sic] so usually most right wing dumb@sses feel pretty out of place.
quote: You're comfortable with the idea of foreign corporations paying for American political advertisements? And comfortable allowing that to fall outside any restrictions regarding campaign finance??? I'm not.
quote: While freedom of speech is part of the issue, it certainly isn't the whole of it. There are also laws regarding campaign finance that apply here.
quote: And I'm not certain that corporations with any percentage of foreign ownership are, or should be, guaranteed the exact same protections as private US citizens regarding freedom of speech anyways.
quote: What do you think campaigns spend the vast majority of their money on? In reality for better or worse this is the same a giving money directly to campaigns.
quote: Actually, it was done everyday... much worse then any Obama bashing... Even though Bush actually had 28 positive growth quarters out of 32 total quarters (1st quarter left from Clinton bad run of negative quarters, 9/11 was a bad quarter, and his last two quarter's were bad as business people knew Obama was coming into power). We are still waiting for Obama first positive growth quarter. So far he is 0 and 4. Think about that in 4 quarters he has as many negative quarter's as Bush had over his entire 8 years (32 quarters). After this quarter I bet he's at 5 negative quarters. He will keep getting negative quarters until he starts helping small business grow (no bail out, just tax breaks and such). He claims he will but he is not a man of his word... Just a man with lots of empty words. Did you see the supreme court judge just shake his head left to right and you could read his lips, "No that is a lie". Obama was trying to take credit for some change in the Justice area. Opps... I guess that is a bad idea to do right in front of the guys who actually did the work.
quote: His goals are simply different than yours, that doesn't mean he is trying to destroy the nation. With rhetoric like that you aren't helping anything.
quote: fancy telleprompted speech
quote: I listen to conservative talk radio everyday
quote: Do you realize what hypocrites these people are? I remember Rush singing the praises of mandatory drug sentencing three weeks before everyone found out that he snorted so much Oxycontin that he destroyed his hearing .
quote: When are you going to realize that the Right is just as bad as the Left?
quote: A 1961 Merriam-Webster's edition was the first to include "nucular"; the editors received so many indignant letters that they added a usage note in the 1983 version, pointing out its "widespread use among educated speakers including scientists, lawyers, professors, congressmen, U.S. cabinet members, and at least one U.S. president and one vice president." They even noted its prominence among "British and Canadian speakers."These days, Merriam-Webster's sends every reader who fusses about "nucular" a defensive, 400-word response letter. Click here to read it.
quote: Fail in what ?...his goal is to destroy the nation
quote: W was a lousy speaker but he had common sense. By contrast, Messiah excels at public speaking but it's now painfully obvious even to his original supporters that there's not much "there" there.
quote: Safety is always an issue.
quote: Bring it on
quote: U.S. Barack Obama in his address Wednesday night
quote: Whoooaaa!! I say Whoooaaa there big guy... are you starting to talk with logic and sense?
quote: Some isotopes of Plutonium have a half life of 246,000 years.
quote: Ironic anyway that there should be this rush to dangerous technology based on the rantings of fraudulent climate alarmists. I say burn oil, coal, gas, and mix in some renewables.