All this posting, literally no one understands the Constitution or the real reasons or meanings of this ruling. Frankly, I have no political leanings one way or the other, but this is a good ruling. It is good because it restores balance between the belief systems. It reaffirms our values as a society that is based on balanced views and beliefs.
It makes no significant impact to a woman's rights, it only reaffirms that the owners of a CLOSELY HELD COMPANY (important to understand what that is) do have some protection of their belief system.
It is MINDLESS to use the word "corporation" in this ruling like it means all companies. It is equally MINDLESS to think that this is in anyway a support for religious doctrine. It is only about balancing two differing belief systems. When there are only a few owners, their personal beliefs matter. That is very different than when a million people own a company (publicly traded stock).
I find the ruling encouraging because it is consistent with our Constitution, the balance of rights in our society, and reaffirms that the Supreme Court continues to be that balancing force to the whims of political idealism on BOTH SIDES of debates.
We, as Americans, need to remember the old saying, "I may not agree with what you say, but I would die for your right to say it". If you meet people that cannot tolerate a differing opinion, suggest violence for those that they disagree with, then you are meeting the people that do not respect or support what this country is. There is nothing scarier to me than both the extreme left and extreme right of this country. Other than the basis of an idea - they act the same. No tolerance for other opinions, suggest violence, believe their belief system is the only belief system. Look up the word "Fascist", it is a word we applied to the Nazi's in World War 2. Millions have died so that we could have differing view points and differing opinions. I fear we are losing the RESPECT for differing opinions that our country is based on...
It is the 4th of July, I challenge you have a respectful dialog with someone that has a differing opinion in an exchange of ideas. That would be a GREAT AMERICAN thing to do.
What the clueless person above doesn't realize or understand is that, while he moans and groans - what are the other alternatives? Right now the TVA nuclear plants make power for $6 - $10 a Mw/hr and TVA is paying almost $60 a Mw/hr for wind power, just so they can say they have it. You can't run industrial customers with solar panels on roofs. What would it cost to maintenance 1,000,000 houses with solar panels on top? And how are the poor going to afford the $20,000 to put in a solar panel system? The truth is that nuclear power is keeping everyone's bills a lot lower than they otherwise would be. If we didn't have the nukes, the power bills would literally double. I'm sure those just barely making it would really appreciate that. As usual, Mr. Anitcorp is beating his chest about his one issue with no thought about the broader implications of his poorly considered opinions.
Wow - Can we get a net for GarryMorgan? Holy crap, I bet the ghost of Elvis told him to say all that before he hid all the secrets about UFOs.
So - lets shed some facts on this. What has TVA done really? They've agreed to work with the manufacture to pursue licensing of a potential reactor design. This means they are going to spend small time dollars working with the vendor and the NRC to start the process of licensing. They did the same things for the APG 1000s for Bellefonte 3 & 4. They didn't build it. They'll see how it goes, how the detailed plans and costs come out before committing real dollars to it. Businesses do this all the time - I think it is called "R&D" isn't it.
Why build more nuclear power? With the clean air controls for coal, its becoming very expensive to burn coal, particularly on those old 1940s-50s units. TVA built a lot of natural gas, which is pretty clean and not a bad source of power, but it has financial risk. 4 years ago, natural gas was 4 times as expensive as it is today. If TVA doesn't have more options, then every rate payer in the Valley is at huge cost risk if natural gas goes back to its old price.
Once built, nuclear power is a very cheap and reliable power source. Every TVA nuclear plant has paid for itself several times over. They keep power rates down not just for the people of the valley, but for the industries of the valley - and more importantly, for those looking to place jobs in the valley. While Michigan needs a miracle for their state because of the down turn in the car industry, TVA has been a critical partner in bringing Volkswagen, Nissan, Saturn, Toyota, NUCOR and others, which have brought good jobs to the valley.
TVA has the responsibility to balance the needs of the envionment, the needs of the river, the needs of the valley economy and most importantly - and over all - the many needs of the people of the valley. They have a lot to balance and they do it by looking at a lot of facts and data and staying grounded in reality. If you really care about energy policy, I encourage you to learn about power generation, conservation, alternative power, about the strength and weaknesses of the options, then look and judge TVA.
This seems to fail a common sense test. The ash has been piling up at Kingston for 50 years. It is outside, it has been rained on, blown, etc... FOR 50 YEARS. Until now, the drinking water has been just fine. Now that there was an ash slide, suddenly the ash is going to cause drinking water problems? I know the paper likes to call it "TOXIC WASTE" because it sell more newspapers, but how is this ash different from the ash in your fire place or in your BBQ grill or the ash left on the ground after a huge forrest fire.
Does anybody have any facts or this all just reactionary chicken little stuff?
What a poorly named article. "Weapons Grade Material" is a term that is usually used when referring to Uranium or Plutonium. Tritium has uses other than just in fussion war heads, it is used in making "Stop" signs, biochemical research, ground water transport experiments and other uses.
Also, how could this journalist write this without ever noting how critical TVA was during the manhattan project and afterwards. How TVA was a key power provider to many war time industries during and after World War 2. There was key work done in Muscle Shoals for munitions. The fact is that TVA is part of the government and has a long history of PROUDLY supporting our country. Why is this any different?
The overly dramatic and technically incorrect title as well as the omissions of the history seem to imply that the author is more interested in his own political views on the subject than to provide factual information to the readers.
Of course, if TVA got $139 Million dollars from the military for the last 10 years, that is $139 million dollars that rate payers didn't have to fund, which means we all had lower rates. Lower rates are good for us, good for bringing business and jobs to the valley.