Few people seem to have noticed it, but the Obama administration has a low-key plan for a massive expansion of nuclear power in the United States.
Specifically, the Department of Energy wants to build dozens of small scale nuclear reactors across the country. The reactors would be given the euphemistic name “small modular reactors” and they’re already on the drawing board. News stories indicate that a company called Babock & Wilcox has already been given a contract to build the first reactor. The company is already building two of the reactors in Oak Ridge, Tenn.
Nuclear Reactors in Your Neighborhood
Around $452 million has been earmarked for the program by the Energy Department, which wants to award more contracts by the end of the year. The idea is to create a network of manufacturing plants across the country that could build hundreds of small nuclear reactors.
The reactors would be set up in communities and even in neighborhoods. Worse, they would be hauled by truck or rail, which means there could be accidents that would spread radiation. The Obama administration, it seems, wants nuclear reactors everywhere, including neighborhoods. Such reactors could be built in small towns and even in urban neighborhoods.
Fukushima on Your Block
The plan, which hasn’t attracted much attention, seems designed to augment the administration’s desire to phase out coal burning power plants in an effort to reduce gas emissions in favor of nuclear.
The Fukushima tragedy has shown us how dangerous nuclear power really is, yet there is little coverage or discussion over the entire event outside of commentary here by Anthony Gucciardi and the alternative news at large. Do we want to open the United States for similar disasters before actually even discussing Fukushima? That’s what the plan could lead to unless there are major advances in technology. Perhaps the Obama administration should be investing in alternatives such as Low Energy Nuclear Reaction.