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Since Plant Vogtle is an integral member of our community, I am not surprised that the plant receives copious amounts of press coverage. One problem I have is that while you report the names of the individuals who want to close the plant and the organizations to which they belong, we really don’t know anything about these people or the organizations they are affiliated with.

This so-called coalition, the Southern Alliance for Clean Energy, that opposes the plant – who are they, how large are they, who are their supporters and how long have they been around? I find it hard to believe that an organization with the adjective “clean” in its name opposes nuclear power.

Arjun Makhijani, the president of the so-called Institute for Energy and Environmental Research, thinks the Nuclear Regulatory Commission did not act prudently. Who is this person and what is the background of his organization? The NRC has been very informative about the revisions to the plant it mandated, based upon the Fukushima nuclear disaster. These tree-huggers are focused on one goal: to “save” the environment even if it means the ruination of the human race. If that transpires, they will be on top.

William J. Kemple

Martinez

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Techfan
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Techfan 04/25/12 - 06:41 am
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Since William evidently knows

Since William evidently knows nothing about the people or organizations (or so he claims), how can he state, "These tree-huggers are focused on one goal: to “save” the environment even if it means the ruination of the human race"? In a matter of seconds I found:
Arjun Makhijani is an electrical and nuclear engineer with 37 years experience in energy and nuclear issues. He is President of the Institute for Energy and Environmental Research. IEER has been doing nuclear-related studies for twenty years and is an independent non-profit organization located in Takoma Park, Maryland. Makhijani has a Ph.D. (Engineering), from the Department of Electrical Engineering and Computer Sciences of the University of California, Berkeley, where he specialized in the application of plasma physics to controlled nuclear fusion.[1]

Makhijani has extensive professional experience and is qualified in radioactive waste disposal, standards for protection of human health from radiation, and the relative costs and benefits of nuclear energy and other energy sources. He has testified before Congress and has served as a consultant on energy issues to utilities and other organizations, including the Tennessee Valley Authority, the Lower Colorado River Authority, the Edison Electric Institute, the Lawrence Berkeley Laboratory, the Congressional Office of Technology Assessment, and several agencies of the United Nations. He has also served as an expert witness in Nuclear Regulatory Commission proceedings on nuclear facilities and in numerous lawsuits and has testified on a variety of issues including releases of radioactivity from nuclear facilities. He has testified before Congress on several occasions regarding issues related to nuclear waste, reprocessing, environmental releases of radioactivity, and regulation of nuclear weapons plants.

Makhijani has studied the French reprocessing and nuclear energy system and was the director of a team that analyzed ANDRA’s plans for a geological repository for high level radioactive waste in France on behalf of a French government-sponsored stakeholder committee (2004

Bruno
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Bruno 04/25/12 - 07:39 am
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Most all of the information

Most all of the information asked for is easily found on the organizations' websites.

broad street narrow mind
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broad street narrow mind 04/25/12 - 09:37 am
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wonder why techfan's comment
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wonder why techfan's comment got thumbs down. this is a stupid stupid town.

Pu239
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Pu239 04/25/12 - 08:34 pm
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Nice C and P.....
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Nice C and P.....

burninater
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burninater 04/26/12 - 08:44 am
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One of the greatest effects

One of the greatest effects the Internet will have is that younger generations will have much stronger independent research habits than previous generations, who are more conditioned to have some "authority" spoon-feeding them information.

It will be much harder for inane smears like "tree-hugger" to withstand the type of simple investigation Tech reported above -- and everyone with an Internet connection will be able to do it.

Probably the most damaging impression an individual or group can give in the information age is that of intellectual laziness; it's already become a major social and political game-changer.

burninater
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burninater 04/26/12 - 11:35 am
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Soapy, our gov't is so

Soapy, our gov't is so dysfunctional that it can't even pass a budget, yet you think in some unknown future it will get so organized that it will control all social reality? That would be the single most astonishing turn of events in American history.

Pardon me if I find it no more credible than the Mayan apocalypse, or that Rapture scheduled last year ...

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