No, I put stuff in the garbage can, or recycle bin (and don't get me started on that one), and I flush the toilet. And it all gets transported and stored and spewed somewhere else. And beaches get polluted, and landfill sites get filled, and Toronto wants to send its garbage to the US or to Northern Ontario, and let's not forget the NYC Barge... And if you think it's bad now, just wait until private enterprises run our sewage plants and water filtration plants. Then, I'll catch my own water from the rain, thank you, laced as it is with all the crap being spewed into the air from the coal and gas-fired plants.
And don't tell me how efficient and effective a private enterprise in a competitive market can be. They are subsidized, make no mistake about it. Business lunches, business expenses, tax breaks galore. And Corporate Welfare Bums are not unique to the US; we have them here as well.
In general, a government run agency has, or should have, checks and balances to keep it in line. In general, private enterprises don't. In general, private enterprises look only to the bottom line. Create wealth... To hell with economy...
If you don't like the way your government is run, vote them out of office. Easier said than done. Because of their links to private enterprise?????? Because of their links to lobby groups???? If the oil and gas industry (speaking of lobby groups), for one, had to jump through all the hoops that the nuclear industry does, where would they be? I don't know the role of the USDOE in respect to differing energy types.
Have a good weekend.
From: AtomicRod@aol.com [mailto:AtomicRod@aol.com]
Sent: Friday April 26, 2002 3:40 PM
To: PomirlR@westinghouse.com; firstname.lastname@example.org.McMaster.CA
Subject: Re: [cdn-nucl-l] Re: Clean air is the issue, not global warming
Andy and Radu:
Would it be too bold of me to ask how you handle the waste and sewage that
you produce? Do you have your own sanitary landfill, incinerator, or sewage
treatment facility on your own property?
There is no reason in the world for everyone to get into the business of
safely and effectively handling waste. Our economy works so well because
people and companies specialize in certain tasks and get better at them than
a "jack of all trades" can possibly become.
That said, there is also no evidence in the modern world that proves to me
that a government protected monopoly will do a job as well as a private
enterprise in a competitive environment. The biggest PROBLEM that we have
with used nuclear fuel in the United States is that the federal government
gave itself a monopoly and then chose an organization to run that monopoly
with a demonstrated history of very expensive non performance. However, since
DOE is a monopoly with its income generated with mandatory fees and taxes,
the fact that they are not doing their job has had no effect on whether or
not they remain in business.
Who else but the government could accumulate $16 billion dollars in paid in
fees without actually performing ANY of the services for which this fee was
In a message dated 4/26/02 11:18:24 AM, PomirlR@westinghouse.com writes:
>You spoke my mind when you said that the problem should be addressed at
>waste source. I just though it was a little too bold, and valid only for
>future plants, when solving the problems will also consider the effects
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