Bill Maher: Nuclear power has problems… see Japan (VIDEO)

Published: November 4th, 2012 at 12:07 am ET


Real Time with Bill Maher
Nov. 2, 2012

Former Rep. Rick Lazio (R-NY)

Published: November 4th, 2012 at 12:07 am ET


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22 comments to Bill Maher: Nuclear power has problems… see Japan (VIDEO)

  • Mack Mack

    And the audience applauded him!

    See folks, your spreading the truth about nuclear is paying off.

  • nedlifromvermont

    Go Bill Maher!!! Punch a little harder!!!

    This guy's (Maher's) main gig is making the Repubnofascists look foolish …

    Is there anything more foolish, and I mean anything, than these outmoded, outdated, irresponsible and ill-conceived commercial nuclear generating plants, in the heart of the American megalopolis?

    And I mean anything?


    I can't think of anything!

    Slowly the scales are falling from the Sheeples' eyes …

    … in Germany, where huge benefits from shuttering nukes ensue;

    … in Japan, about to shut down the restarted Oi plants …

    … in Cancerland Empire of America … because of our enenewsing;

    and where the nuke builders are suing the nuke pushers … let the lawyers carve up this immoral beast, and please don't spare that most bestial of the Nuclear Pushers … that iconic US Death Dealer Corporation, General Electric, which gives cancer to babies, …

    … definitely not a good thing …

    … just saying …

    peace all! …

  • NoNukes NoNukes

    Nuclear is a net consumer of energy, exists to make weapons that will poison our children, as well as the kids halfway around the world. From the pdf:
    4. The task of disposing finally of the waste could not, therefore, now be completed using only energy generated by the nuclear industry, even if the whole of the industry’s output were to be devoted to it. In order to deal with its waste, the industry will need to be a major net user of energy, almost all of it from fossil fuels. 5. Every stage in the nuclear process, except fission, produces carbon dioxide. As the richest ores are used up, emissions will rise. 6. Uranium enrichment uses large volumes of uranium hexafluoride, a halogenated compound (HC). Other HCs are also used in the nuclear life-cycle. HCs are greenhouse gases with global warming potentials ranging up to 10,000 times that of carbon dioxide. [PDF]
    NUCLEAR ENERGY – The Lean Economy Connection

  • Dr. Anne Lee Tomlinson Maziar anne

    TY, NoNukes. I'm going to post this link to the class I took on Sustainability. See also:

    The Lean Guide to Nuclear Energy: A Life-cycle in Trouble [Import] [Pamphlet]
    David Fleming (Author), Shaun Chamberlin (Editor), Christopher White (Illustrator)

  • TheBigPicture TheBigPicture

    Good they're talking about it, because everyone needs to talk about dumping nuclear.

  • Max1 Max1

    Nuclear is NOT a carbon free energy source…
    … You think uranium digs itself out of the earth?

    Legislators that no little about facts…
    … Yet peddle bullshit wrapped spin AS fact.

  • "Okay, because there are better ones, …and that has it's problems also… see Japan." – Bill Maher

    4 seconds of air time is better than nothing.
    It's a start.

    The audience clapping was inspirational too. 🙂

    Most people really do get it, they just feel powerless to change it or perhaps they FEAR being powerless? That's what they want us to think.

    • GlowInTheDark GlowInTheDark

      I think most people still believe nuclear as CO2 friendly, kind to the environment and cheap energy :O Boy…they haven't read 1% of what's published at enenews 🙁

      But I think this was a good coverage!

  • takedake

    Rick Lazio trots out the same old "clean carbon-free" lie and it goes unchallenged.

    What's dirtier than a disaster like FDI, Rick, pray tell?

  • arclight arclight

    you dont have to go to japan to see the problems

    USA -Feedwater system flaw shuts down Nine Mile Point 1 nuclear plant
    It’s the second time this week that Unit 1 shut down.

    The first time was Monday, after high winds from Superstorm Sandy blew down a lightning pole in a National Grid switch yard that handles electricity generated by the plant. With nowhere for the plant’s power output to go, two output breakers closed and the plant shut down, Lyon said.

    USA -Questions arise about shuttering of Kewaunee Nuclear PP -Waste storage problems!
    According to that report, about 3,000 metric tons of spent nuclear fuel is in storage at nine sites across the country where commercial reactors have been shuttered.

    “This all came as an awful surprise,” said Paplham. “That waste may be sitting there for 200 years.”

    ro0m for 1 more and usa related i believe?

    and this

    "…However, Chiau said the credibility of the association has been called into question by the nuclear disaster in Japan last year…."

    • arclight arclight

      concerning billie boy!
      shortest antinuke speech ever.. paid by the word?? 🙂

    • Sickputer

      Great article about Kewaunee arclight!

      Those poor folks in the town don't even suspect the 60 to 120-year life vaunted dry casks will probably never be built anyway. Not by Dominion anyway and not starting in five years.

      Hell, most of the dangerous spent fuel rods in the Kewaunee plant cooling pool have been ready for cask containment for decades. What makes you think the energy company is going to start in five years when the last batch of removed active fuel becomes ready for the million dollar casks? They will go crying to the feds asking for money and we know how that will work out. More delay, and another Fukushima waiting to happen on the shores of Lake Michigan. Yes, you dumbass greedy city fathers, you were lied to. The spent fuel rods are highly dangerous for 10,000 years. Your descendants will despise you for the deadly legacy.

  • alasanon

    Hello, informed persons!

    – yet, his Karl Rove opponent is massively
    funded by Big Nuke, so he's the $$$ underdog.
    But, he wins every debate and has much more
    REAL leadership experience as a retired Brigadier
    And as a farmer close to the land, he knows about
    potential fallout contamination!…


    Report Comment

    November 4, 2012 at 12:28 pm · Reply
    THANKS!!–we really need help! They want

  • alasanon

    As you can see, has real Virginia citizens backing him, not robo-calls! Thanks!!~

  • alasanon

    (we're pretty busy here–post hurricane. There is no way the VA climate lately will work with the proposed Uranium dust problem!!)

  • enoughalready45 enoughalready45

    It's not the nukes, its where you put them.

    At the end of the video clip you can hear Representative Rick Lazio start to make the argument that if you only just locate nuclear plants correctly they are less of a threat. I also wish at this point Bill Maher would have said, "see Japan" again. We are impacted and our food supplies are being contaminated here in the USA even though Japan is an ocean away.

    It is frigtening that elected officials are lacking in their knowledge about the downside of nuclear. We anti-nuclear people must work harder to educate our elected officials.

  • Why should we shut down nuke plants?

    Simple, kill them before they kill you.

  • AGreenRoad AGreenRoad

    Fukushima; Today's Titantic and Costa Concordia; via A Green Road

    75% US Nuclear Plants Leaking Toxic Tritium Radiation Into Drinking Water Supply; via A Green Road

  • AGreenRoad AGreenRoad

    We are all on a planet called Titanic.

    The captains are saying this nuclear industry powered ship is 'unsinkable', guaranteed.

    Yea, right, just like the Titanic…

    See what they say when Mother Nature dishes out a major whoop*ss..

    Nuclear plants do not stand a chance.

    What are we risking?

    ALL LIFE ON THE PLANET, if it REALLY goes bad..