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Three Mile Island's Murderous Legacy Still Threatens Us All

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Forty years ago this week, the Three Mile Island nuke began pouring lethal radiation into our air and water, lungs and livers.

Throughout central Pennsylvania and beyond, people, animals, plants, and the planet began to die en masse.

In 1980, a mile from the plant, I interviewed many of the immediate victims. It was the worst week of my life.

Today 98 US reactors could repeat the slaughter. Worldwide there are about 450. Many are falling apart. Each could deliver a lethal dose of apocalyptic proportions. All heat the planet, emit carbon, kill nearby newborns, suck up public money, hinder renewables, and threaten fresh catastrophes.

None are "zero emission" or "carbon free." None can compete with the solar, wind, battery storage, and LED/efficiency technologies that can save us from a fried planet.

If we're to live on this Earth, King CONG (Coal, Oil Nukes & Gas) must die.

Since TMI, Solartopian costs have become far cheaper than fully amortized reactors.

And nuke costs have soared. Last week Trump slipped in another $3.7 billion in federal loans for two reactors under construction at Vogtle, Georgia. They may ultimately cost $25 billion or more and still never open.

They're bankrupting the state, having already helped gut Westinghouse and Toshiba. They'll never come close to competing with wind, solar, batteries or LED/efficiency, which will create far more jobs.

A quarter-million Americans now work in solar energy alone, with another hundred thousand in wind. More Californians work in solar than dig coal nationwide.

Two nukes in South Carolina were recently canceled at a cost of billions. Two more being built in France and Finland are years behind schedule and billions over budget.

The current crop of nuke fanatics wants more. They'll waste billions of public dollars. But proposed new reactors are so much more expensive than renewables that except for a few big boondoggles, they'll never be built.

The real threat is the reactors that still operate ... the Three Mile Islands in progress.

All heat the planet with massive steam and hot water emissions. Their cooling towers kill thousands of bats and birds. The heat, radiation, and chemicals spewed by their out-take pipes destroy entire marine ecosystems, including millions of fish. The radiation from Fukushima still pours into the Pacific.

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Harvey is a lifelong activist who speaks, writes and organizes widely on energy, the environment, election protection, social justice, grass-roots politics and natural healing, personal and planetary.He hosts "California Solartopia" at KPFK-Pacifica and "Green Power & Wellness" atprn.fm. (more...)
 

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