Monday, July 17, 2006

Nuclear power

It just occurred to me tonight...

When discussing oil prices, energy policies, and global warming with our friends on the right, you will often hear the rant about how it is all the fault of enrivonmentalists who fought against the building of nuclear powerplants in the past.

It occurred to me, who really has benefitted from the lack of nuclear power over the past 30 years? The oil industry!

I can't prove it, and I don't remember reading anything that suggested this, but it makes sense to me. I'll bet that the oil companies are just as responsible for suppressing nuclear power as the environmentalists. Maybe even more.

What do you think?


Blogger Ron said...

In a slightly related note..Theory now exists that the Iraq invasion wasn't for the oil but to STOP the oil..if that is the case they are succeeding in Iraq beyond what any of us would have guessed.

9:56 PM, July 17, 2006  
Blogger Apartmento said...

Coal and gas industries too I guess. Oil is too expensive for electricity nower days.

11:34 PM, July 17, 2006  
Blogger Dan Trabue said...

I don't know the answer, but some of this is probably public record - did petro companies donate to anti-nuke causes?

I'm not so sure. I wouldn't doubt that they are now (if they haven't been already) looking at getting their toes in the nuclear power field. Petroleum is last century's answer, even the petro people say so. They are well aware that the peak is upon us and they are looking for ways to survive in a post petrol world.

6:25 AM, July 18, 2006  
Blogger Jim said...

The oil companies could be a major contributor to the solution instead of the problem and make a bunch of money doing it. After all, they are the experts at distributing energy. All they have to do is develop and support the alternative forms of energy. They have the money for research and development. They have the money to build nuclear powerplants.

If they could only see 10-20 years out instead of 1-5.

And Dan, you are probably right about the public record. I might do a little googling to look into it furter. Thanks for the suggestion.

6:26 PM, July 18, 2006  
Blogger Dan Trabue said...

"The oil companies could be a major contributor to the solution"

THIS is what is so puzzling to me: Why all the capitalists out there are failing to realize what a HUGE market is right there waiting. The first near-zero energy use house builders, the first electric (from solar) car makers, the first totally 100% recyclable computer will be worth a fortune.

And yet, we've had electric (not hybrid, but fully electric) cars, there were waiting lists for them, and the companies recalled them...? Why? People were offering to buy them even though they were discontinuing support for them but they refused to sell them, choosing instead to junk them!

That's mighty strange behavior... bring out yer inner conspiracy theorist behavior, seems to me.

10:46 PM, July 18, 2006  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Nope it's the environmentalists fault.

8:53 PM, July 27, 2006  
Blogger The Game said...

so its not blood for oil...but blood for no oil...just checking

9:36 PM, July 28, 2006  
Blogger The Game said...

I think two things when I read this:
1. I feel very, very, deeply, truely sorry for you guys
2. if this shit is even 1 percent true I truely, deeply, very, very, very much hate oil companies...

9:59 PM, July 28, 2006  
Blogger Jim said...

But don't you think it is quite possible and very logical that the oil companines would suppress nuclear power? Making $10 Billion dollars net profit every 3 months is a powerful motive, no?

10:05 PM, July 28, 2006  
Blogger The Game said...

for sure...but I have NEVER heard or read ANYTHING about that happening...
you KNOW jim that I advocate for MUCH more nuclear power...and the only opposition to energy production in the United States (nuclear, drilling) comes from liberals and specifically environmentalist wackos

10:09 PM, July 28, 2006  
Blogger Wasp Jerky said...

Makes sense to me. After all, we should have electric cars by now, if the car companies hadn't killed those off.

8:46 AM, August 11, 2006  

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