STATEMENT AT PUBLIC SERVICE COMMISSION HEARING, JANUARY 12, 2010

 

William E. Morris

 

WEVE HAD A COOL SUMMER AND A COLD WINTER, NOT GLOBAL WARMING.  BUT SCIENTISTS WHO ARE PAID TO STUDY GLOBAL WARMING SAY THE COOLING IS TEMPORARY.  MAYBE THEY ARE RIGHT AND MAYBE NOT.  BASED ON SOME OF THEIR COMMENTS AND E-MAILS, IM NOT SURE WE CAN TRUST THEM.  HERES A COMMENT MADE BEFORE THE CLIMATEGATE SCANDAL:  WE HAVE A VESTED INTEREST IN CREATING PANIC BECAUSE THEN MONEY WILL FLOW TO CLIMATE SCIENCE.

 

DECISIONS TO USE EXPENSIVE AND UNRELIABLE FORMS OF ENERGY ARE BASED ON ACCEPTANCE OF WHAT WE ARE TOLD BY PEOPLE WHO HAVE AN INCENTIVE TO KEEP THE GAME GOING SO THEY CAN KEEP GETTING GOVERNMENT GRANTS.

 

THE PUBLIC SERVICE COMMISSION SHOULD RECONSIDER THE PRESENT REQUIREMENT TO INCLUDE 20% OF INFERIOR FORMS OF ENERGY BY 2019.

 

POLLS ARE SHOWING THAT MOST AMERICANS ARE UNWILLING TO PAY MORE FOR ENERGY ON THE ASSUMPTION THAT GLOBAL WARMING WOULD BE DELAYED.

 

I ASK THE PUBLIC SERVICE COMMISSION TO ALLOW DELMARVA POWER TO DO THEIR JOB.  THAT JOB IS TO SUPPLY CUSTOMERS WITH DEPENDABLE, INEXPENSIVE ENERGY.  I ASK DELMARVA POWER TO DO THAT JOB.  IN MY OPINION, ADDING A NEW NATURAL GAS POWER PLANT, AND ADDING A NEW NUCLEAR POWER PLANT WOULD BE CONSISTENT WITH DOING THAT JOB.

 

NUCLEAR POWER SHOULD BE ON THE LIST OF CARBON-FREE FORMS OF ENERGY.  IT DOES NOT EMIT CARBON DIOXIDE.  IT IS LOW COST, DEPENDABLE AND SAFE.  NUCLEAR PLANTS ARE EXTREMELY WELL RUN.

 

OPERATORS, INCLUDING VETERANS OF OUR NUCLEAR SUBAMARINE FLEET ARE VERY WELL TRAINED.  CONCERNS ABOUT SAFETY ARE OUT OF DATE.  NUCLEAR WASTE IS STORED SAFELY ON SITE WHERE IT CAN BE KEPT AS MUCH AS 100 YEARS.

 

HOWEVER, THAT WOULD BE WASTEFUL.  SPENT FUEL SHOULD BE RECYCLED, AS IT IS IN FRANCE, BRITAIN, RUSSIA AND CANADA.  IF WE WANT A CARBON-FREE SOURCE OF DEPENDABLE, LOW COST ENERGY, WE ALREADY HAVE IT.  WE JUST NEED MORE NUCLEAR POWER PLANTS.