Thursday, November 05, 2009
Obama Wastes 25 years and 13 Billion Dollars
After 5 years of blogging every day, you come across all kinds of stories. Certain ones you're not terribly interested in, but feel they can't be ignored... and then the ones that aren't huge stories, but you can't stop thinking about them... This is one of those stories.
It succinctly illustrates all that's wrong with the Obama Presidency.
In 1982 the federal government decided to build a much needed storage facility for our country's nuclear waste. Until then (and to this day) waste is stored at the various plants where it is generated...it costs taxpayers (that's us!) tons in security. To pay for this facility (in Nevada's Yucca Mountain) the fed has been charging the utilities a yearly tax to pay for the project (which of course has been passed on to us to the tune of $750 million a year).
While stumping in Nevada, Obama said he was "against Yucca" and as President halted the 25 year long project. Strangely, the Dept of Energy has neither halted the disposal tax or refunded taxpayers their $13 billion dollars...
I don't know about you, but in a post 9/11 world the thought of 70,000 tons of waste sitting in pools across the country just doesn't seem prudent.
Aside from that, it seems kinda crazy that Obama is totally down with Iran's quest to use nuclear energy for their electricity...but this move signals his obvious distaste for America being able to fully utilize this source of clean energy.
This isn't as flashy as universal healthcare or GITMO terrorists let loose after they've hogged all the H1N1 vaccines, but something that needs to be discussed. One decision that wasted 25 years of hard earned money, put as many as 3,500 Americans out of work, is costing 56 million in legal settlements (and is estimated to cost 11 mil more) and put Americans security in jeopardy. Come to think of it, that's way flashier than all the other stories!
(References: Citizens Against Government Waste, FNC: Tracking Your Taxes)
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