Thursday, July 24, 2008

Speaking of energy policy...

Did you all catch any of this?
For example, did you know, concerning nuclear power:

"France and Japan have produced most of their electricity for decades through the nuclear power technology that America developed, and they are now competing to sell nuclear plant development to China and India."

And, on that same subject:

"New Hampshire's Seabrook [nuclear power] plant was held up for 14 years by similar regulatory delays, before finally opening in 1990 (and operating without harm ever since)."

Then, there's the question of fuel refineries:

"The last new oil and gas refinery was built in the U.S. in 1976. A good example of the reason why is going on right now in Indiana. BP is constructing a $3.8 billion expansion of its already existing Whiting refinery in that state. But the National Resources Defense Council (NRDC) has now brought suit against BP seeking an injunction against the expansion, and fines of $32,500 for each day construction has been under way. The NRDC is urging the court to adopt a new interpretation of state law that would require BP to get a new state permit first because with the expansion the refinery would supposedly discharge more "pollution" than the current state permit allows."

Republicans should really make hay on this issue, and point out how liberals and Democrats have too often, and are too often, standing in the way of energy production in this country.

BY THE WAY: the U.S. Geological Survey reports that the Arctic may hold 90 billion barrels of oil.