Ray has released three more chapters of his Shoreham documentary.
Karl Grossman provides excellent justification for why I thoroughly dislike and disrespect most professional antinuclear activists. He insults an entire profession by coming straight out and accusing all nuclear professionals of being liars whose noses should grow every time we speak about nuclear energy.
He specifically calls Dr. Patrick Moore “one of these Pinocchio People” and says “he is no environmentalist” and has not been for many years. He implies that Moore is a sell out who simply works for the highest bidder. I strongly disagree with nearly everything that Grossman says.
Marge Harrison remembers the good old days when she and her friends decided that they would save the world by stopping nuclear energy. She seems genuine, even if misguided. It seems a little disingenuous, however, for her to complain about the fact that she has had to pay elevated rates ever since the deal was worked out for the state to take over the plant and pay off the loans.
After all, if the plant was operating and providing power, the citizens of Long Island would not be both paying off loans for a failed project AND buying fuel oil to supply the generators that continue to provide the electricity that they need to survive in a modern society. Instead, they would have a low marginal cost nuclear plant that produces zero atmospheric air pollution and no CO2 that quietly supplies power at full capacity for about 7,500-8,500 hours per year.
This final segment in today’s selection includes an appearance by yours truly, Rod Adams. My interview was conducted almost two years ago via Skype; the filmmakers of this video did not have the resources to make a trip to Annapolis to interview me in what was then my home.
I will be one of the first to admit that the owners of the Shoreham Nuclear Power Station did not do themselves any favors. The project was never well managed and the owners got into some serious difficulties with their labor unions. I now work with several people who worked on the construction project and have shared some horror stories about the contentious environment. However, the fact remains that the plant construction was completed and that the plant did meet all of the standards required to be allowed to operate with the exception of getting the emergency response plans signed off by all local governments.
That obstructionism should not have been allowed. The plant owners should have done a better job of explaining to people from the very beginning of the project why they were doing what they were doing. The Shoreham debacle is an object lesson for all businesses who recognize the need to build infrastructure projects that inevitably attract a certain amount of “Not in my backyard” opposition – along with the inevitable opposition from the competition who do not like new suppliers that threaten their market share and the sales prices of their commodity products.