Saturday, June 13, 2009

Republican Nuke Energy Obsession Will Tax American’s during “these difficult times” Too, Just like Obama’s Cap and Trade.

Nuke baby, nuke!

But it will cost taxpayers big time.
What happened to the recent big oil win leading up to the elections, when everyone including Democratic wieners, took to the streets shouting “drill baby drill?” That came to a halt when oil prices fell again, making new exploration a costly expense that didn't provide a big enough return on the investment.
Then Sen. John McCain wanted to build 100 costly nuke plants all over the country. McCain even tried to push through an amendment the other day that would classify nuclear power as renewable energy. It was soundly rejected. But all this hasn't stopped the GOP from making misguided proclamations:

AP - "During these difficult times, the American people don't want a national energy tax out of Washington, D.C.," said Indiana Rep. Mike Pence. Republicans on Saturday slammed a Democratic bill before the House that seeks to address climate change, arguing that it amounts to an energy tax on consumers. In the GOP's weekly radio address, Pence said Congress should ease regulatory barriers for building new nuclear power plants.

Like everything else teetering on the edge calamity, conservatives claim that it is always the wrong time to do anything.
The GOP not only has the balls to include no mandatory limits on greenhouse gases, but they also insist on “doubling the number of nuclear reactors over the next 20 years.” But at what a cost?

While Republicans don’t want people to pay higher energy taxes, they still want to double the number of nuke reactors in the next 20 years, estimated to be around 100 plants. That will force people to pay higher energy prices. For example:
AP May 3, 2009- A wave of new reactors now in the works is intended to solve at least part of the nation’s energy problems … But cost is likely to plague every upcoming nuclear project.

In Missouri, the first of the next generation of reactors recently was put on hold because of the $6 billion price tag. Some states have altered laws so consumers begin footing the bill now, even before construction begins.

Construction will undoubtedly play out on your utility bill. Residential electricity rates would have risen (in Missouri) 1 to 3 percent annually for customers, up to 12.5 percent during construction.
Sounds like an energy tax to me. A really, really big one. Are Republicans unaware of the rate payer costs? Yes.

Republicans … want more government funding for nuclear power. In a weekly radio address, Sen. Lamar Alexander said the U.S. should build 100 more nuclear plants rather than spend “billions in subsidies” for renewable energy.”

So when is a subsidy not a subsidy? Alexander wants U.S. taxpayers to pay for nuke plants, but not green energy? Never mind the taxpayer cost of insuring every nuke plant in the country, since private insurers won’t touch them.

When will the public learn that the Republicans are still barreling down the road of fiscal mismanagement?

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