Congresswoman Berkley speaks out against McCain, Yucca Mountain

The day before John McCain’s visit to Nevada, some Democrats are calling him out for his stance on Yucca Mountain.

Congresswoman Shelley Berkley and former Nevada Governor Bob Miller want McCain to apologize for comments he made about the safety concerns surrounding the nuclear dump.

“This will create thousands of jobs in Nevada. This will be a great boom for the economy,” says McCain. “I’m confident when we reprocess, which we can do, which the Europeans do, there will be a much smaller amount of nuclear fuel to be stored.”

Berkley believes Yucca Mountain could have devastating effects on our community.

“We need people coming to Southern Nevada to enjoy our entertainment. The last thing we need is a nuclear dump 90 miles away,” says Congresswoman Berkley.

McCain says he’ll support Yucca Mountain only when it meets environmental and safety standards, which he believes will happen.



McCain Forgets Who Endorsed Him

McCain Forgets Who Endorsed Him

Mon Nov 03, 2008 at 08:15:03 AM PDT

From The Bottled Hot Water Collection*:

On October 26, John McCain appeared on Meet the Press and proudly boasted of the endorsement of five former Republican secretaries of state…except he couldn’t quite remember all their names:

* The Bottled Hot Water Collection™ highlights goofy and bizarre moments of both McCain and Palin, inspired by McCain’s “bottled hot water” in early June.

Nuke dump debate: Mountain or molehill for McCain?

John Barrette

Sunbelt Digital Media

Presidential and nuclear waste politics presented Nevada voters Monday with some crosswinds to contemplate.

The Nuclear Regulatory Commission agreed to review an application from the Energy Department to build the Yucca Mountain nuclear waste dump, a review process it said could take four years. Though routine, it put the issue back on the front burner briefly/

The presidential campaigns of Democrat Barack Obama and Republican John McCain soon put their spin on this expected bureaucratic regulatory step.

The Obama camp attacked President Bush for proceeding and tied McCain to the administration. The McCain camp said the NRC decision was just a step in the process and added the GOP nominee supports nuclear waste transport and storage when safe.

Normal crosswinds in a political year, but then came an unrelated statement issued by Sen. John Ensign, R-NV. Ensign, who opposes the dump, said Nevadans do as well. It was just a routine release, not related to the presidential race, but showed a potential McCain problem in what could prove a swing state.

“There can be no question that the citizens of Nevada are opposed to Yucca Mountain,” Ensign said, adding the congressional delegation is fighting hard to block the idea. He called the NRC decision “merely a formality” and expressed confidence “the red flags for this proposal will become even more apparent” during the review process.

Ensign isn’t just any senator; he is the chairman of the National Republican Senatorial (campaign) Committee and, in the Senate, serves on the Committee on Commerce, Science and Transportation.

So his statement might prove a discordant note for the McCain camp, which acknowledged Yucca Mountain is an issue but also noted in some ways it represents a national security matter.

“It’s a national security issue in a larger sense,” said Rick Gorka, regional spokesman for the McCain campaign.

Gorka — whose role encompasses the states of Nevada, Washington, Oregon, California, Alaska and Hawaii — said nuclear power reduces reliance on foreign oil. He said waste storage in one spot – if safe and secure – is better than in hundreds of places.

Asked if he thought the Obama campaign would try to make hay out of the NRC decision and Yucca Mountain coming into the news again, he replied: “I think the other side can make hay out of anything, regardless of the facts.”

The Nevada Obama camp statement came from Kirsten Searer.

“The Bush administration is continuing to pursue the Yucca Mountain nuclear waste dump despite the mounting scientific evidence that it is not safe for the people of Nevada,” she said, adding: “John McCain backs the dangerous Bush plan…”

Why isn’t President Bush campaigning for McCain?

Posted: 05:00 PM ET


Click the play button to see what Jack and our viewers had to say. (PHOTO CREDIT: GETTY IMAGES)

FROM CNN’s Jack Cafferty:

Of all the differences between Barack Obama and John McCain, here’s one that could really make a difference down the home stretch: One has a president to help him and the other one does not. And at first glance, it’s not what you might think.

After his appearance with Barack Obama tonight at a rally in Kissimmee, Florida, former president Bill Clinton plans to criss-cross the country on behalf of Obama in the closing days of the campaign. Tonight will mark President Clinton’s first joint appearance with Obama on the campaign trail. Despite his lukewarm support at first,President Clinton as well as Hillary Clinton will campaign hard in the next few days to help Obama try to close the deal.

Watch: Cafferty: Cafferty: Bush support McCain?

But what about John McCain? He has a sitting president in his party. President Bush has been dubbed “the invisible man” when it comes to campaigning for his dear friend and fellow Republican, John McCain.

Here’s my question to you: President Clinton is campaigning for Barack Obama. Why isn’t President Bush campaigning for John McCain?

Interested to know which ones made it on air?

Garth writes:
Bush campaigning with McCain and Palin? You can’t be serious. This would be a real comedy show– two comedians and one sidekick, McCain. Bush couldn’t help a class leader get elected with his pitiful record. Isn’t it a real pity that a sitting president cannot be of any help to the candidate from his own party seeking to succeed him?

Kathy writes:
Jack, John McCain doesn’t need President Bush by his side as he has “Anchorage Annie” as his VP pick who is even more extremist, right fringe-minded. However, it would be a wonderful October Surprise if the President would call a prime-time news conference to remind all of us of his endorsement of McShame.

Ian from Fairfax, Virginia writes:
Well Jack, simply put, it’s Bush. I think the best way Bush can help McCain is staying out of his campaign.

Derek from Toronto, Ontario writes:
Bill Clinton did so much good for the economy and secretly wishes he could have run again. George Bush has done so little for the economy and secretly wishes he could just run away

Nora from Corpus Christi, Texas writes:
I think it is horrible the way McCain has thrown George W. Bush under the bus because of this election. I would have been more impressed with McCain if he would have said, Yes, I voted for Bush and I have agreed with him 94% of the time, but now I see we have to take the country in a different direction. Shame on you, McCain. You really are not loyal to anyone right now, are you?

Cee writes:
President Bush’s feelings are still hurt because McCain only agreed with him 90% of the time. He wanted 100%.

Brian from Clearwater, Florida writes:
President Bush campaigning for Senator McCain would be like Senator Stevens of Alaska endorsing Sarah Palin for Vice President. I would rather have the coal in my stocking at Christmas.

McCain is misleading on nuclear power…

McCain is misleading on nuclear power…

October 29, 2008 – 11:07am.

I watched McCain give a speech in Florida where he pushed his regular piece about the safety of nuclear power… and his complaint that Obama will consider it,but has a problem with spent fuel. And then he said that the French recycles their waste and “we always want to be like the French” and he laughed.

I felt the need to do a web search on France and spent nuclear rods. This is an example of what I found:

France recycles spent rods, but they still have a portion that cannot be recycled into fissile material. This stuff gets vitrified by mixing into molten glass, and gets stored. Now, in case you didn’t know, France still has overseas colonies. I don’t remember the details, but last I remember, they shipped their waste away to be stored at one of their colonies, which is a disgrace.

That was from a Digg poster named Berkana.

And this from a 2005 article in IPS News:

Most of that waste is of no further use, and is simply stored at the nuclear plant. Today there are an estimated 200,000 tonnes of this nuclear material being warehoused there. But 30 to 40 percent of Eurodif’s depleted uranium — 4,500 to 6,000 tonnes annually — is sent to Russia, where it undergoes “enrichment” to turn it back into fuel for nuclear power plants. Just one-tenth of that uranium returns to France, and the rest remains in Russia, stored in inadequate conditions, say the environmental activists.

Our nuclear waste would likely be more… and where would we store it? Yucca Valley?

And this article in Scientific American brings up the problem with sending spent fuel to Russia and what is developing in Europe:

Those agreements specified, however, that the separated plutonium and any highly radioactive waste would later go back to the country of origin. Russia has recently adopted a similar policy. Hence, governments that send spent fuel abroad need eventually to arrange storage sites for the returning radioactive waste. That reality took a while to sink in, but it has now convinced almost all nations that bought foreign reprocessing services that they might as well store their spent fuel and save the reprocessing fee of about $1 million per ton (10 times the cost of dry storage casks). So France, Russia and the U.K. have lost virtually all their foreign customers. One result is that the U.K. plans to shut down its reprocessing plants within the next few years, a move that comes with a $92-billion price tag for cleaning up the site of these facilities. In 2000 France considered the option of ending reprocessing in 2010 and concluded that doing so would reduce the cost of nuclear electricity. Making such a change, though, might also engender acrimonious debates about nuclear waste—the last thing the French nuclear establishment wants in a country that has seen relatively little antinuclear activism.

So there are still questions which, as Obama has aid, need to be answered.

McCain is ready to jump into a new and extreme danger to Americans for the sake of getting votes. I would feel better if he read the information that’s out there and then actually put his country first.

Response To RNC’s New McCain Attack Ad ‘Storm’

Response To RNC’s New McCain Attack Ad ‘Storm’

Sat Oct 25, 2008 at 08:29:12 PM PDT

The RNC’s newest McCain attack ad (“Storm”) makes the case that John McCain would be a steadier presence in the Oval Office than Barack Obama. It’s a silly ad, and not just because the financial crisis revealed McCain to be as herky-jerky as Obama is confident and composed.

The problem with the ad is that when you’re 72 and you’ve selected Sarah Palin as your running mate, the last argument you should be making is the experience argument.

I’ve put together a response to the new RNC attack, turning the ad around on itself, and applying its line of attack to Sarah Palin. Here it is:

McCain’s new desperate line of attack comes as news reports indicate that there is a growing schism between McCain and Palin, who is now looking towards maintaining her viability for 2012.

Apparently, now that McCain-land has moved on from wolves and bears, they’re lost at at sea. This is a campaign that is falling apart, as well it should.

Video: Is Palin a plus or a drag on McCain?