U.S. plans radioactive project


"The Bush administration is planning the government's first production of plutonium 238 - a highly radioactive substance valued as a power source - since the Cold War, stirring debate over the risks and benefits of the deadly material. It is hot enough to melt plastic and so dangerous that a speck can cause cancer."

I love a story that begins with the bad news. But this isn't unexpected news. Last week President Bush spoke to this topic. Here is an excerpt:

"There is a growing consensus that more nuclear power will lead to a cleaner, safer nation. Slowly but surely, people are beginning to look at the facts. One of the reasons I've come to this plant is to help people understand the difference between fact and fiction. Yet, even though there has been a growing consensus over time, America has not ordered a nuclear plant since the 1970s. By contrast, France has built 58 nuclear plants in the same period of time. By contrast, China now has eight nuclear plants in the works and plans to build at least 40 more over the next two decades. n the 21st century, our nation will need more electricity, more safe, clean, reliable electricity. It is time for this country to start building nuclear power plants again.

We're taking practical steps to encourage new construction of power plants. Three years ago, we launched the Nuclear Power 2010 Initiative, which is a $1.1 billion partnership between government and industry to coordinate the ordering of new plants. "

The truth is that the US is seriously behind the "power-curve" when it comes to getting it's power from Nuclear Energy. Sooner or later we are going to have to build more plants and investigate new ways to get the power we need. Our dependency on foreign oil is about 30 percent now, but that may increase even more if China goes through with the Unocal deal.

Of course this will restart the "US Plan to Own Space", argument that was circulating a while back, and the report that President Bush was going to capture space.

Yet "National Security" doesn't necessarily mean "missles", it can well refer to the fact that if we don't get on the ball with our growing energy needs our growing dependancy on foreign sources can become a real threat.


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