Two South Carolina utilities have abandoned a pair of next generation nuclear reactors that would have been America's first new atomic reactors in almost 40 years. The facilities were expected to be safer and cheaper. SCANA Corp and state-owned utility Santee Cooper, the two utilities which own the VC Summer twin-reactor project, announced Monday that they were scrapping the multi-billion dollar project due to construction problems and cost overruns.Meanwhile Finland is getting a brand-new nuke plant built by Russia:
We are carrying out a number of big projects, particularly in the energy sector. They include the Hanhikivi 1 nuclear power station. Preparatory work is fully underway at the site, equipment is being delivered, and the first tranche of our loan, about one billion euros, has been transferred. Let me remind you that the total amount of financing is five billion euros. Half of this will be financed from Russian government resources and half by Rosatom.As usual Russia is sane and USA STRONG is hopelessly fucked. Finland's sanity is especially notable. Finland joins the rest of EU in making anti-Russian noise ... which Finland can justify more than USA STRONG or the rest of EU, since Finland was actually invaded by Russia in 1940 ... but when it comes to practical COMMERCIAL life, Finland prefers to deal with SANE COMPETENT countries. If noise has to switch to action, Finland isn't going to break its beneficial relationship with SANITY.
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Polistra was named after the original townsite of Manhattan (the one in Kansas). When I was growing up in Manhattan, I spent a lot of time exploring by foot, bike, and car. I discovered the ruins of an old mill along Wildcat Creek, and decided (inaccurately) that it was the remains of the original site of Polistra. Accurate or not, I've always liked the name, with its echoes of Poland (an under-appreciated friend of freedom) and stars. ==== The title icon is explained here. ==== Switchover: This 2007 entry marks a sharp change in worldview from neocon to pure populist. ===== The long illustrated story of Polistra's Dream is a time-travel fable, attempting to answer the dangerous revision of New Deal history propagated by Amity Shlaes. The Dream has 8 episodes, linked in a chain from the first. This entry explains the Shlaes connection.