Seattle’s Socialist Council Member Gets Her Way, Bans Nuclear Power

wind turbinesSeattle City Council unanimously voted Tuesday to replace the city’s nuclear power with wind and solar.

The measure was sponsored by openly socialist council member Kshama Sawant, who claims the unanimous vote means the city is “taking a stand against nuclear energy.” Sawant was supported by activists from the state’s chapter of Physicians for Social Responsibility and other environmental groups. These activists allege that Columbia Generating Station, the reactor Seattle gets power from, is unsafe and vulnerable to earthquakes.

“Yesterday’s resolution doesn’t amount to much; it’s kind of irrelevant for those genuinely concerned about our state’s energy future,” Michael Paoli, a spokesperson for the company which owns the Columbia nuclear power plant, told The Daily Caller News Foundation. “The council vote was unfortunate. We don’t believe Seattle is anti-nuclear or anti-clean energy per se. They just got a lot of really bad info yesterday that went unchallenged, and, unfortunately, they acted on it.”

The Nuclear Regulatory Commission’s estimates the risk of an earthquake intense enough to cause core damage to the reactor at Columbia was one in 147,619.

Seattle gets four percent of its electricity from Washington state’s only commercial nuclear power plant, the Columbia Generating Station. This single plant produces 1,190 megawatts of electricity, about 10 percent of the electricity generated in the state. The reactor has been generating power since 1984 and is licensed to keep doing so till 2043.

“We thought one of the council-members actually showed some pretty good due diligence yesterday when she challenged the resolution sponsor by saying something along the lines of, ‘Talk more about green energy, what are we doing or asking others to do? What are the next steps and what are we doing to promote green energy as a city/region?” Paoli continued. “It wasn’t hard to listen between the lines of the response to hear the crickets. That, if nothing else, should disturb Seattleites.”

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    GR82DRV

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    The whole point lately of being an “activist” is to [i]appear[/i] to represent far more people than you really do. Activists are mostly committed zealots with time on their hands who pursue positions of authority in order to impose minority rule on others.

    Government bureaucracies, non-profit groups, and lately, religious lay leadership and high level clergy in otherwise mainstream churches have been taken over from within by these few but determined interlopers, all of whom represent their positions as being endorsed by the rank and file they claim to reflect.

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    Amber

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    Does that mean those nuke powered subs are not welcome in Seattle ?
    Lets see now … ban nuclear, shut down fossil fuels (the Clinton Plan ) shut down the USA economy . Pure Brilliance .
    Why not hand the keys to the funny farm to someone else .

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    David Lewis

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    Does Seattle’s vote mean that Columbia Generating Station will produce less electricity? Of course not, the nuclear power not bought by Seattle Light will be purchased another utility. The same amount of nuclear power will be generated.

    However, this is not a do nothing vote. In replacing nuclear power, at its mid level cost, with wind and solar, the most expensive commercial power available, this action will result in high rates for the customers.

    Unfortunately there are approximately 110,000 people who get their power from Seattle Light that live outside of the city limits of Seattle. They have no way to vote against the people who are adversely impacting their lives.

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    Amber

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    What ever happened to looking after the public interest ? Clueless in Seattle City Council .

    At least they can be sent packing .
    They don’t even know what questions to ask
    or are too politically correct and bullied to do so .

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    GR82DRV

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    [quote name=”Amber”]What ever happened to looking after the public interest ? Clueless in Seattle City Council .
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    Exactly why I saw the light and gave up my liberal status oh so many years ago. Most liberal leaders don’t even believe their own rhetoric these days. It is but a thin veil to justify their own lust for unearned power and wealth.

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