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Readers sound off on nuclear energy, 9/11 ceremonies and the Tuskegee Experiment

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14.09.2021

Greenlawn, L.I.: Nuclear advocate Robert Bryce shares with us some of the serious difficulties with using solar energy to help stave off lethal global heating, offering nuclear power as a cost-free alternative (”Stop worshipping the sun,” op-ed, Sept. 13). It is not.

Just a couple of relevant points: One, Indian Point lies on the intersection of three geological fault lines in one of the most highly populated areas in the entire country. It had to go. Two, developments in solar technology have significantly outpaced the expectations of even its enthusiasts. Third, the nuclear energy industry has never been willing to cover the costs of any breakdown, offloading it onto us, the taxpayers. By law, any accident that incurs costs over the amount of $300 million will be dumped onto the taxpayers. The Price Anderson Act was passed in the 1950s when our country was led by four Texans, President Dwight D. Eisenhower, Treasury Secretary Robert Anderson, Speaker of the House Sam Rayburn and Senate Majority Leader Lyndon Johnson. It has been affirmed several times since then.

I’ll mention Fukushima and Chernobyl, multi-nation catastrophes, and Three Mile Island, a terrifying meltdown just next door in Pennsylvania.

One of the rules of markets is that a seller passes along all of the costs of production to buyers. This creates efficiency. Insofar as industry can dump any of its costs onto others, it is inefficient and, frankly, unfair. Insofar as this lets the nuclear energy industry avoid costs, people can be fooled about what they are paying for what they are getting. In the case of nuclear power, these costs are not only breathtakingly high but can be catastrophic. Helen Hill Updike

Staten Island: Op-ed writer Robert Bryce offers discouraging news about solar. Nowhere in his offering does he disclose that his parent organization, the Foundation for Research and Equal Opportunity, is a right-wing think tank funded in part by the fossil-fuel Koch family with a board of directors dominated by........

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