Tuesday, June 19, 2007

President Bush to Visit Browns Ferry

From the Decatur Daily:

Athens is to experience a first in its history when the nation's president visits Thursday.

A White House spokesman confirmed that President Bush will be in Athens at 1:15 p.m. to tour the Browns Ferry Nuclear Plant and make remarks.

Limestone County archivist Philip Reyer said to his knowledge, a sitting president has never visited Athens.

Although local officials could not say if Bush initiated the visit, it is part of an effort by Bush to push long-stalled energy legislation in Congress. Bills in both the Senate and House include provisions designed to reduce greenhouse gas emissions.

Bush has said nuclear power is one of the best ways to reduce such emissions, especially the carbon dioxide most scientists believe contributes to global warming.

The restart of Unit 1 in May made Browns Ferry one of the largest nuclear plants in the country. The unit, shut down in 1985, is going through a gradual power increase and review process.
You'll remember back in 2005 that President Bush visited Calvert Cliffs Nuclear Power Plant.

4 comments:

gunter said...

I think this is hilarious.
W is visiting the Model T of the nuclear industry and hailing it as the spark of the renaissance.

Doesnt he know that a new Mark I has been unlicensable since 1972?

gunter

Anonymous said...

Yeah, about the only thing more hilarious is the thought that you'll ever make a sensible remark (remember your wonderfully cogent response of "nuts").

Anonymous said...

I think this is hilarious.

Gunter has no idea what he is talking about, but that is par for the course.

To take a reactor that was originally ~1000 MW, which is now >1100 MW (after billions of dollars of upgrades) and which is planed to be >1200 MW and to call it a "new Mark I" reactor, is just plain stupid or dishonest ... you decide which.

Oh ... by the way, the Model T was a very successful design. Gunter's knowledge of history is also lacking.

Anonymous said...

Some technology historians are of the opinion that the Model T is really the vehicle that put America On Wheels. In that sense, it has to be considered a successful venture. Probably everyone here, including Gunter, has reaped the benefits of that technology. Likely so with nuclear.