Even though the American government has done everything possible to encourage nuclear power – by wholly subsidizing nuclear power, reducing safety standards after Fukushima, forcing Japan to re-start its nuclear program, covering up the severity of the Fukushima accident, raising acceptable radiation limits and agreeing to buy radioactive Japanese seafood – the so-called “nuclear renaissance” is over in the U.S. (and worldwide).
An attempt to secretly ramp up production at the San Onofre plant in California caused massive problems at the plant. An internal letter reveals that the plant operator knew of defects at the crippled reactors … but misled federal regulators to get and expedited license. A judge has now permanently shut down the plant.
The problem is that America’s nuclear reactors are old … and are falling apart piece by piece.
But – even after the Fukushima meltdown – regulators have reduced safety standards.
We’ve sounded the alarm for years that a large solar flare – like the one we had in 1859 – could cause worldwide nuclear meltdowns … and numerous other problems.
2 weeks ago, we just barely dodged the bullet.
Washington Examiner reports:
The earth barely missed taking a massive solar punch in the teeth two weeks ago, an “electromagnetic pulse” so big that it could have knocked out power, cars and iPhones throughout the United States….
It would cost a pittance to protect our nuclear plants from such a flare.
But it’s hard to get politicians’ attention when they’re focused on throwing money at corporate welfare queens, insane military and security boondoggles and pork, harmful quantitative easing, unnecessarynuclear subsidies, the failed war on drugs, and other frivolities.