Exchange with Brian Greenspun on Yucca Mountain

Hello mr.jack! 
Nice to finally put a name to the email.
Thanks for your letter. I also was a republican for 43 years. You have managed to stay the course. That said, , nuclear waste and yucca mountain should not be a political issue although that is how it got started in the first place. That you and I agree is a good place to start. However, your disagreement with your wife is a different issue. I can barely deal with my own problems at home  so I will leave you to yours. I am not sure how you want me to respond  to your note other than to say I agree. As for blaming the republicans for trying to re-energize yucca mountain, that is true. How else should I say that? And if there is any doubt in your mind, just look at what the GOP presidential candidates are saying on the subject. If you are adamantly opposed to yucca mountain, you will have some soul-searching to do come the next election. 
Thanks again. Bg
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On Mar 26, 2011, at 8:36 AM, “Bob Jack” <> wrote:
Name: Bob Jack


 Message: Dear Mr. Greenspun,

I am a staunch Republican. You need to stop blindly beating up on us over Yucca Mountain. My wife, also a Republican, and I are at odds over the Yucca disposal issue. She thinks it would be a boon to the local economy. I believe it a lethal disaster. I agree with you. The Japan disaster should be enough to wake everyone up to the long term threat of nuclear
radiation. But there will be proponents for nuclear power, fortunes wedded to the industry,who are looking strictly at short term benefits.

Now, let me turn for a minute to the potential nuclear
crisis which we are confronting at present. We must do something immediately to avert a catastrophe.

After the recent natural disaster in Japan, and the ensuing nuclear reactor crisis, the United States must reassess its own nuclear power facilities and the potential for lethal effects from such natural disasters.  Specifically, the Indian Point nuclear power reactor in New York  is surrounded by 6% of the nation’s population in the potential crisis area. There are also the two Southern California Edison San Onofre reactor units near San Clemente, California which are located directly next to the ocean. Up the coast north from San Onofre at Avila Beach in San Luis Obisbo County is the Pacific Gas & Electric’s Diablo Canyon reactor. These reactors, regardless of the safety of  their operating records, are potentially high level threats to U.S. population centers. We must assess each of these reactors and decide whether they should be allowed to continue operating.

Presently, nuclear energy generates about 20% of the nation’s electric energy.  No small contribution. Nevertheless, the forces of Mother Nature can be unkind to nuclear reactors, as witnessed by Japan’s nuclear crisis. The cost to decommission and replace these three generating stations with alternative generating capacity would be substantial. Arrangements for accommodating this would be something that would require much study and debate. Nevertheless, the potential costs in human life are so staggering that we must come to terms with these issues without delay.

Thank you again for taking on this issue in your recent editorial.

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