Environmentalist Whacks McCain on Nuclear Power
SANTA BARBARA, Calif. — Some love in. This morning’s event at the Santa Barbara Museum of Natural History was supposed to be a showcase for the greener, cleaner Sen. John McCain as he hosted a panel, including the much beloved Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger to discuss his plans for the environment. Though people protested outside, McCain was greeted with a friendly audience. McCain’s real problem would come in the form of buzz-saw and fellow panelist Michael Feeney, the executive director of the Land Trust for Santa Barbara County, who stunned even the jet-lagged press crops when he began to challenge the presumptive Republican nominee.
"I don’t understand how it’s not compromising our environmental standards to propose a crash program to build more nuclear power plants when the industry has not complied with the federal law that requires there to be safe disposal for the radioactive waste,” Feeney said. “There is no solution to that problem, and that’s a big stumbling block for me to a rapid expansion of nuclear energy.”
When McCain insisted the technology existed, that the nuclear-cool kids–the Europeans, whom McCain mentions in every environmental speech he gives–were doing it, Feeney conceded that he didn’t know what our would-be models for energy production were doing but bluntly said, "We are not dealing with it in as successful way in the United States at this point. I know that.”
Note to self: Cross Feeney off the list for our first annual backyard nuclear-powered barbecue and grammar jamboree planned for whenever our friend Amanda can drive us to IKEA to buy Patio furniture and whenever we can siphon the plutonium from our time-traveling DeLorean.