Florida Green Party calls for state to shut down and phase out nuclear power plants

From the Daily Loaf:

In Florida, there are currently five nuclear reactors in operation in Florida, with two at Turkey Point on Biscayne Bay, two in Port St. Lucie, and one at Crystal River. The Crystal River reactor (CR-3) has been shut down for repairs since September 2009, when a large crack was discovered in the concrete and steel containment vessel. In recent weeks, just as the plant was being prepared to go back online, new cracks were discovered.

Now the Green Party of Florida says after Japan, no more.

“Floridians must tell President Obama and Governor Scott, as well as our elected representatives in Tallahassee, that we oppose any further public subsidies for the nuclear industry,” said Jayne King, co-chair of the Green Party of Florida. “The public and the government should not be guaranteeing profits for the companies building more nuclear reactors in the state,” King added, “because there are plenty of safer and less expensive options for meeting the state’s energy needs.”

6 thoughts on “Florida Green Party calls for state to shut down and phase out nuclear power plants

  1. Eddie

    So what are the Green Party members of Florida going to do about it? Are we just going to write or are we going to protest this in an efficient manner, say a protest at one of the plants. Get off your butts Green Party and put in some action into your activism.

  2. Don Lake, FYI, not necessarily a unilateral endorcement

    That strategy actually worked in California [I believe El Diablo Canyon] when Jerry Brown was governor.

    Protests, easily counter productive. Long haired hippies and peace flags in the 1960s. Mexican Flags on US soil in the 21st Century.

    Florida needs to break out the red – white – and – blue and the don’t tred on me banners.

  3. Don Lake, FYI, not necessarily a unilateral endorcement

    oops, from Wikipeadia:

    “Diablo Canyon was built and entered service despite legal challenges and civil disobedience from the anti-nuclear protesters of the Abalone Alliance.[9]

    Over a two-week period in 1981, 1,900 activists were arrested at Diablo Canyon Power Plant. It was the largest arrest total in the history of the U.S. anti-nuclear movement.[9]

    Pacific Gas & Electric Company went through six years of hearings, referenda and litigation to have the Diablo Canyon plant approved.

    In September 1981, PG&E discovered that a single set of blueprints was used for these structural supports; workers were supposed to have reversed the plans when switching to the second reactor, but did not.[11]

    According to Charles Perrow, the result of the error was that “many parts were needlessly reinforced, while others, which should have been strengthened, were left untouched.” [12]

    Nonetheless, on March 19, 1982 the Nuclear Regulatory Commission decided not to review its 1978 decision approving the plant’s safety, despite these and other design errors.[13]”

    [Lake: despite my never voting for him, I know that Edmond Brown Junior is California Governor ——– again! I also use to misspell Governor Gray Davis’s name —– on purpose!]

  4. Steve Kubby

    Uranium based reactors are history. The Chinese understand this and are switching to green energy from thorium. We have enough thorium in the US to meet our current energy needs for the next 1,000 years. Thorium reactors eat plutonium and other wastes for breakfast — and render these dangerous wastes inert.

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