There was a Vibration…in Iran’s Reactor in Bushehr
Yet another setback for Iran’s nuclear program. Could be thanks to Stuxnet. Or simply bad luck. Whatever the cause, something damaged a cooling pump (see Russians Say Iran’s Reactor Has Damage to Cooling Pump by William Broad posted 2/28/2011 on The New York Times).
In a statement, Russia’s state nuclear energy corporation, Rosatom, which is building the reactor in Bushehr, Iran, said it found damage to one of the reactor’s four main cooling pumps…
The Russian statement on Monday said the trouble arose as pressure mounted in the reactor during tests. The pump vibrated and joints broke, the statement said. As a result, metal shards smaller than three millimeters — or less than a tenth of an inch — could have shot into cooling pipes and lodged in fuel assemblies.
“The joints broke down under conditions of high vibration and pulsing pressure,” the statement said.
Cooling pumps? Reactor tests? Vibration? Pressure? This all sounds kind of familiar. Where have I heard this before?
Oh yeah. That’s where I heard that before. The movie that killed the American nuclear power industry. It didn’t help that they released the movie just days before the accident at Three Mile Island. No. Nuclear power was dead in the United States in the Seventies. While pretty much the rest of the world expanded their nuclear power programs.
And then there was a China-Syndrome-like accident. But not in America. The world’s worst nuclear accident happened in the Soviet Union. The Ukraine, to be precise. In 1986. At the Chernobyl Nuclear Power Plant. Reactor number four. Radioactive fallout covered much of the western Soviet Union and Europe. It was pretty bad. The Americans, on the other hand, had no such accident. And yet the Soviet Union/Russia continues its nuclear power program. Even exporting it to Iran. But we shouldn’t have anything to worry about. I mean, the China Syndrome, Three Mile Island and Chernobyl were all based on 1970s technology. This is 2011. The technology is even better today. So there is little to worry about with the safety of that new Iranian nuke plant (besides their making an atomic bomb, that is).
The statement said the failed pump dated to the 1970s, when West Germans began building the reactor. The Russians, who took over in 1995, have said for years that integrating the old German equipment posed more challenges than initially anticipated.
Then again, perhaps we should worry. Just a little. And there’s that whole atomic bomb thing, too, to worry about. Let’s not forgot about that.
Iran Threatening to pull out of the Racist 2012 London Olympics
In other Iranian news, they’re threatening to boycott the 2012 London Olympics (see Iran threatens to boycott 2012 London Olympics because of logo by Cindy Boren posted 2/28/2011 on The Washington Post).
According to an Iranian official, the logo, with its blocky, abstract rendering of “2012,” is racist because it appears to spell the word “Zion,” a biblical term for Jerusalem, rather than 2012.
When I look at the logo I don’t see ‘Zion‘. I barely see ‘2012’. But knowing that it’s supposed to be ‘2012’, I can see ‘2012’. But I just don’t see ‘Zion’.
By the way, these same Iranians? They’re working on a nuclear program. But there’s nothing to worry about. Sure, they can use enriched uranium to build an atomic bomb. But who do they hate enough to use an atomic bomb on? So what’s to worry? Incidentally, the reason they’ll boycott the Olympics because the logo looks like ‘Zion’? Because they absolutely hate the state of Israel and Jews everywhere. Wait a minute. That could be worrisome. And then there’s that other thing. How they have repeatedly said that they want to wipe Israel off the map of the world. You know, on second thought, it would appear that there is a lot to worry about a nuclear Iran. Such as a war of annihilation.
Free Electricity too Costly without Massive Government Subsidies
Iran sits on some of the richest oil reserves in the world. They have an abundance of energy at their finger tips. Yet they pursue a nuclear program for their domestic energy needs. So while Iran pursues a nuclear program with some possible nefarious motives, what does the U.S. do for its domestic energy needs? Builds windmills. And solar panels (see D.C. reneges on aid to install solar panels by David Nakamura posted 2/27/2011 on The Washington Post).
Dozens of District residents who installed solar panels on their homes under a government grant program promoting renewable energy have been told they will not be reimbursed thousands of dollars as promised because the funds were diverted to help close a citywide budget gap.
The funds were diverted to close a citywide budget gap? Probably to fund pension and health care benefits for public sector workers.
That came as a shock to Brian Levy, 35, who received a letter from Tulou on Jan. 25 informing him that the city would be unable to pay him the $12,200 it had promised last September. In October, Levy had hired a contractor, Green Brilliance, to install a $27,500 solar energy system on the roof…
Ivan Frishberg, an environmental advocate and a member of Capitol Hill’s Advisory Neighborhood Commission, installed a $34,000 solar system on his home, only to be told that the city would not be able to reimburse him the $11,000 it had promised.
Well no wonder. If you have an average electric bill of $200 a month, you can see the abysmal rate of returns on those investments. Assuming you get all of your electricity free after this investment, it would take over 11 years for Mr. Levy to break even. And over 14 years for Mr. Frishberg. Clearly, adding solar panels to your house is not a wise investment. If it were, the government wouldn’t have to bribe you to do it. With other people’s tax dollars. All the while cheaper sources of energy are available. Such as coal. And nuke plants.
We Build Solar Panels to Save the Planet while letting Iran build a bomb to Destroy It
I doubt many believe Iran is building nuclear plants for domestic energy needs. And I think most will agree that they are interested in acquiring an atomic bomb. And yet there are those who say we can’t interfere with a sovereign state’s nuclear ambition. We can shut down an industry in the United States. But a madman in the Middle East with a festering hatred of Israel and America, why, he can have his nukes. Even though he’s sitting on vast oil reserves. But in America, not only can we not have nuclear power, we can’t even drill for oil. Instead, we must build windmills. And solar panels.
Is it me? Or does something seem wrong here?
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