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America's "Hole-in-the-Head" Nuke Suicide Pact Gets Court Approval

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The Supreme Court has just now certified the deadliest and most economically destructive scam of the entire Trump catastrophe.

Every downwind American is now threatened with deadly radiation while state after state bankrupts itself with soaring electric bills and ecological disaster, crippling the Solartopian green energy revolution.

It is, in short, the "hole in the head" wave of massive state-based nuke bailouts.

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All across the US, brain-dead Trumpist legislatures are scamming public billions into dying nuke reactors that pose the #1 threat to human survival on this planet.

All the world's 440 reactors (98 in the US) are decrepit, crumbling, ready to blow. They're uninspected, under-maintained, filthy, falling apart. They emit massive quantities of heat and radiation that cause climate chaos. Most are huge money-losers that can't compete with green Solartopian technologies.

They are epitomized by Ohio's infamous "hole in the head" Davis-Besse nuke, currently crumbling outside Toledo. In keeping with the Luddite wave now sweeping Trump-nation, the Ohio legislature may soon fork over billions to keep it running toward the ultimate failure.

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The state-based nuke bailout craze actually started with New York governor Andrew Cuomo.

In 2016-2017, he began gouging the Empire State for some $7.6 billion to underwrite four dying upstate nukes. All lose mega-cash while killing countless jobs by raising electric rates and blocking renewables.

Wind, solar, batteries and LED/efficiency were set to make the Empire state both energy independent and fully employed. But Cuomo is blocking that by scamming ratepayers as far away as Long Island who get zero juice from the nukes they're being forced to subsidize.

Cuomo originally promised the payouts would soon decline. Instead, they rose $50 million this year, even beyond the original bailout scam.

The Illinois legislature is doing the same for three downstate reactors. New Jersey and Pennsylvania are contemplating a similar suicide.

But Ohio may top them all.

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Center stage is First-Energy's infamous money-losing Davis-Besse "hole-in-the-head" nuke near Toledo. Its bankrupt owner's precursor blacked out the entire Northeast in 2003. FE says without a gargantuan bailout, DB will shut by 2021.

So the gerrymandered GOP legislature may soon gouge tax/ratepayers some $300 million/year to keep DB and the nearby Perry reactor open, dooming the state's remnant rust belt economy.

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