More from the nuclear hearing.
Sen. Sanders (I): Public safety must be job #1. I must express serious concerns about aging fleet of 104 plants. Need more oversight of those first. Oversight is quite weak. I think many people don’t know what is going on. Nuclear plant in VT. “Failure of NRC oversight.” August 21, 2007 — a water tower collapsed. How much did Entergy pay for that mishap? None.
Then Aug. 30 emergency shutdown. Last week — leaking coolant pipe. End result. Confidence is not high. People have concerns. I share them. Inexplicable there were no fines. Confidence requires more oversight. We are grossly underestimating the role of energy efficiency and renewables. Within 15 years, 20% of power could be from solar thermal alone.
And then we have everybody’s favorite global warming denier.
Sen. Inhofe (R): Associate myself with Carper’s remarks. U.S. electricity demand projected to grow 30% by 2030. Critical of NRC permitting process as too slow. No schedule discipline. Streamlining necessary. T. Boone conference — [never mentions wind, Inhofe wants to use nukes to displace gas] — run our cars on natural gas.
Sen. Isalkson (R): I’ll be brief. The solution to America’s energy problem rest on a variety of sources, including nukes. Must have nukes to get where we need to go.