August 18, 2019

Myth of cheap power

I’d like to thank Richard Hill for his efforts in his letter (BDN, Dec. 22) where he helped us conceive of the vastness of the quantities of things like how much natural gas it takes to replace that “good ole” nuclear power that once came from Maine Yankee.

While he is at it, perhaps he could also help us grasp the following questions. A) How big “all” is, as in all the output of the all U.S. nuclear power plants which equals the amount that could be conserved just by using efficient light bulbs? B) How big is two-thirds of the total U.S.-generated power, which also happens to be the amount of power calculated to be available from wind in the northern great plains alone? C) How big is the millions of years required to securely store the highly toxic radioactive waste that we haven’t even figured out how to do yet? D) Can you also please help us conceive of the magnitude of the billions of tax dollars it will cost to decommission these plants that haven’t planned adequately for that expense while simultaneously lining their CEOs’ and stockholders’ pockets as they advertise the myth of cheap power?

Peter Baldwin


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