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Follow Germany's lead and drop nuke plant

Published October 3, 2013 1:01 am

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Listen up, Blue Castle. A nuclear power plant in Green River, Utah, is about as realistic as a lemonade stand in the middle of the Sahara Desert.

Germany is an example of understanding why nuclear power plants are water gluttons, beyond reason in their cost and dangerous to maintain and secure. And it's impossible to dispose of their radioactive waste. Germany plans to decommission its 17 nuclear power plants by 2022. What do the Germans know that we don't? Even the United States has not built a nuclear power plant since 1977. Germany's Chancellor Angela Merkel hopes to use more solar, wind and hydroelectric power and to be a leading example to other countries to abandon nuclear power.

Merkel holds a Ph.D. in physics, and was distressed to observe Japan, which is a technologically advanced society, was helpless when faced with the Fukushima disaster. The Fukushima earthquake and tsunami disaster continues to be out of control.

Merkel states, "As the first big industrialized nation we can achieve such a transformation toward efficient and renewable energies, with all the opportunities that brings for exports developing new technologies and jobs." The German government already employs about 370,000 people in the renewable energy industry. Hopefully, Blue Castle's venture capitalists will back off and face up to the reality that Green River, Utah is not "the place" for a nuclear power plant.

Rosemary A. Holt

Salt Lake City